by Jim Mitchell
Recently I was sitting with my 6-year-old son looking at his baseball cards… or more accurately, I was looking at him while he looked at his baseball cards… and I experienced a pride I’ve not felt before.
Surely I’ve been a proud dad since the birth of both my kids. But this was different. As I looked down and listened to my son carefully examining each card, I noticed myself taking pride in watching him ask questions and learn about the teams and the players.
Being a baseball history fan myself, normally I would have dived into the stats with him, comparing the great players with the not-so-great ones, talking about the history of each team.
But as my son grows older, I’ve grown more mature with him. This time I caught myself much more interested in the boy than the stats. I know it sounds simple, but I can’t describe the joy I took in this discovery about myself. I’ve seen my own dad do this with me. I remember time and again telling my dad lengthy details about projects I’ve been working on, only to look up and notice a cheesy grin on his face. He hadn’t heard a word I’d said, but just stood there taking pride in his boy.
I also can’t help but think about the pride God must take in us His children. My mind travels to Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.” (NET)
I am God’s workmanship—His masterpiece! Yet I too am created for good works. As I work, He works in me. And as I take pride in my good works, He takes pride in me.
This is the pride of a father.
Taking it One-to-One: