Proud of You
“A wise son makes a father glad…” (Prov. 15:20).
I remember a time, when I was about four years old, when I said something disrespectful to an uncle whom we were visiting. Shortly afterward, feeling guilty, I crawled upon my father’s lap and said, “I love you” (hoping that would make up for my offense). He replied, “I love you too; but I’m also disappointed in you.” My father told me that 34 years ago and I still remember it vividly. And you know what else? My father was right to say it – and that bothered me. You see, even at that young age, I didn’t just want his love, I wanted his approval. So you can imagine how great I felt at those times when I did something that made him proud of me.
Jesus certainly had that experience when His Father said of Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17; 17:5). Friends, a good father needs to be honored (Eph. 6:2-3). So, for all that he means to me, I can say, “I’m proud of you, dad!”