Friday, November 18, 2011


We all long to hear our Fathers tell us that they are proud of us. That we have done well.

Jesus' Father said it very, very well. "This is my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased."

Two weeks ago I spent the weekend with over 300 men learning and growing with them and investing in their lives. Last weekend I spent the weekend with over 100 men doing the same thing. I am convinced more than ever than every man needs other men in his life that courageously will spur him on in the right direction.

If you are a father, one of the greatest gifts you can give your son is affirmation. Affirm their strengths, their good motives, their potential, their experiences, their feelings and thoughts about  themselves and the world. Find something you can affirm them about. Every man desperately needs this. If you are a man...take the time to affirm other men. Look for men who could use some affirmation. You'd be surprised how many of us need it. Look for fatherless men who you can be an affirmer for.

Women, this especially true for men but it is not only true for men. Women need affirmation too. One of the greatest gifts husbands and wives give each other is honest, specific affirmation.

Affirmation is a wonderful gift. Let's give it out intentionally, thoughtfully and generously.