Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Do I Make Him Proud?

Brrrrrrr! It’s cold out there! Thank God for the sunshine in our souls today…and every day…winter, summer, spring or fall…cloudy or bright…hazy or clear…windy or calm…snow or rain. The constant of our lives is His love for us. He is the only, eternally unchangeable of our pilgrimage. We would rather count on Him than on our government or our finances or our careers or our homes or our health, wouldn’t we? And we do count on Him!

For what it’s worth, I am thinking of you…praying for you…friends and family…beloved of God (and me)…treasured by Him (and me). I don’t know why He gave me you in this life, but I’m glad He did. The blessings that you represent to me are way past numbering. I can’t figure out why He loves me (but I love to think of it…I know the reason lies within Him, certainly not me). Neither can I figure out why you have shown such love to me (but, again, I love to think of it…and in these cold days of lingering winter, I warm by the fires of your love and prayers and well-wishes on my behalf). I feel the same for you. May He richly bless you…every day!

In the movie, The Sixth Sense, the boy who is able to see dead people is speaking with his own mother. It seems she has been suffering in silence a long time (since her own mother had died). The boy is trying to convince his mother that he has been able to see and speak with his deceased grandma. He tells his mom, “Grandma told me that you come to her grave every day and ask a question. She said the answer is, ‘Every day!’ What is your question, mama.” His mother then replies through many tears that the question is, “Do I make her proud?”

Isn’t that what we really want to know? Is there anything we do for God that makes Him sit up and take notice…that makes Him feel proud?

Sisters and brothers, the answer is YES! He is proud of us for believing in Him…for wanting to do better…for refusing to make peace with our sins…for not quitting when the reasons to do so seem to abound…for every wish for good…every word for good…every unselfish impulse and deed. He is in our corner. He doesn’t want us to lose. In fact He is working around the clock to see to it that we don’t lose. No… we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us (and loves us still).

I really do believe these things…because the Bible teaches me so. Rely on His love for you. (1 John 4:16)


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  1. Gail Oakes on said:

    Thanks Doug, I am counting on his love in spite of my weakness at times being human. I know deep down in my soul that Christ Jesus and My God Loves me and all His Creation. I will keep praying, worshipping, doing good as I can “To Make Him Proud”. Until my life is over – I pray God will always be with me and by my side and I believe that he is.

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