I saw this video the other day.
What had this Dad weeping tears of joy for his son? A ‘C.’ His son got a ‘C’ on a Math exam that would determine the direction of the rest of his academic career.
This got me thinking two simultaneous thoughts.
My first thought was as a dad. Do my children know that I rejoice in their God-given mediocrity? Do I rejoice in their God-given mediocrity? Or have I bought the lie that the only things worth celebrating in my child are stand out, out of the park performances? Social media is overflowing with those humble brags about all the amazing accomplishments of our kids. Have we made them the most arrogant and anxious generation? One reason children are “specializing” earlier and earlier is that the world only recognizes and praises above average performances. As a parent am I supporting this lie? When is the last time you rewarded mediocrity (or even a sub-par performance according to the world’s scale)? This is not a post about everyone getting a trophy and no longer keeping score at little league games. If anything that makes my point. But as a parent are you vocally, regularly, genuinely joyful with your child over every aspect of his or her life? I am not advocating laziness or working below one’s ability but simply as parents helping our children, as Tony Horton would say, “Do your best, and forget the rest.”
My second thought was as a son. My heavenly Father has this same heart toward me. He has created me with some abilities that may be above average, but mostly with abilities that are average and quite a few that are below average. And when I use any of them at the level He has gifted them to me, He is pleased. My Father in heaven shouts with joy over me like this Dad:
Let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
My Father in heaven throws a party every time I admit failure and return to him. In fact He happier over one admitted failure than ninety-nine humble brags
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety- nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Your Father in heaven is delighted n every aspect of who you are as His child. He knows the areas you are above average and is pleased by them. He knows the ways in which you are average and is pleased in those areas. He knows where you are even below average, and He rejoices.
May you know the weeping joy of your Heavenly Father over your average performances today and this week.
Enjoy the journey.