Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional

Day 23 - Moms and Dads

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

- Number 6:22-26 ESV

I’ve been sitting here wrestling with how to approach this topic of Moms and Dads, not because I don’t have anything good to say, but it’s the exact opposite. I’ve grown up with the extreme privilege of having parents who have always loved and supported me in my endeavors. However the reason for my timidity is because I know that we haven’t all been blessed in this same way and did not want to make this irrelevant to those who didn’t share in having great parents. I’m not bragging by any means, none of us had any power over the homes we showed up in, so perhaps I’ll expound upon something we’ve all desired from either our parents or those closest to us, approval and acceptance.

And so we make a rendezvous with Moses in the desert, as he’s speaking with the Lord we get this very specific message, My face is always shining upon my children. And then He says, my countenance lifted up upon you, now that’s just a fancy term for body language or my face and the way I look at you. So what do we see? God has just said the same thing twice in the same two sentences. If there’s anything I know, if God doubles down on something, we’d better listen up. I believe what He’s trying to say Moses and to us is that He wants you to know that He is continually smiling at you with acceptance and approval!

He wants you to know that He is an eternal unwavering parent who is so in love with who you are and the person He’s created you to be. And with a parent like that we grow up knowing that we’re not called to barely get by, to live at end’s meet constantly searching for purpose. You are His creation and His masterpiece, an affirmed child of God.

You may have grown up in a scattered home, but God’s eye and his smile have never left you. And now armed with this knowledge and wisdom, a new generation starts with you! Things may have been bleak and far from repair but you have the power to change that. And if things at home were great, take the time to show how thankful you are to those who raised you, it’s a thankless job, most of us seem to overlook that at times.

I got an opportunity recenlty to tell my Dad how proud I was of him as a man, husband, father, leader, and now a business owner. As menial as that may sound, it was a deeply profound moment we shared as it seemed to be the culmination of thankfulness for all the lessons, lectures, hugs, spankings, and everything else a son experiences with a father while learning how to be a man.

Remember, His smile and His face are always upon you. Live in that reality, and give thanks.

ACTION STEP: Today ask yourself, really ask yourself, “Am I living like God is smiling at me, or frowning?” Embrace the power that comes with knowing that His smile has never left you. And say thank you to a mother or father in your life, remember at times it’s a thankless job, but they deserve the thanks.