Last week I was watching America’s Got Talent on TV with my kiddos. I love the back stories they do on the contestants. I was particularly fascinated by the story of Justin Rhodes, a young man who played the piano and sang. His dad had taught him to play the piano at age three, but did not want him to make a career out of music. Justin moved away from home to pursue music and that became “the darkest time” of his life as he got into drugs and alcohol. He said that he knew he was a disappointment to his dad as his only son.
He went on to say that the competition wasn’t about winning, “It’s about proving to my dad that I’m worth something”. He was nervous as he went out on the stage because this was the first time his dad had seen him perform since he was a kid. As he took the stage, he said hello to the judges and immediately looked up to the balcony to catch a glimpse of his father.
He proceeded to WOW the audience and the judges as he played and sang. To see full performance and judges remarks, click here
After he received “Yes!” votes from three of the four judges, the final judge said he was going to vote on behalf of his father. Howie Mandel looked up to the balcony and said, “What is your vote sir?” The father, with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face, gave a big thumbs up! You could tell by the relief in the son’s face, that vote was the only one that mattered to Justin Rhodes.
You and I are a lot like Justin. No matter how old you are, you want your dad to be proud of you. His belief that you are good and acceptable, is of utmost importance. I am blessed to have been raised in a home where my dad showered my sisters and me with lots of love and acceptance. However, I realize that is not the norm. There are many homes where dads are absent, either physically or emotionally. Yet, every human craves a father’s approval, it is human nature. That is how God made us. That is why, I believe, He also refers to Himself as our Father. He is always present. He never leaves. He is looking down from the balcony of heaven with love in His eyes for you. The baffling thing is that you don’t even have to do anything special to receive His approval. He loves you just because He made you. Lift your eyes up to Him, see Him with a smile on His face, tears in His eyes, giving you a big thumbs up! If you never had your earthly father’s approval, comfort yourself by knowing that you have your Heavenly Father’s approval. Make it your goal to live your life in such a way that it brings Him great honor and joy.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1
Your Friend in Ministry,