I promise I wasn’t eavesdropping. I just happened to overhear him while I was putting away the laundry. He was complimenting me to a friend of his on the telephone about how I support him at work. The fact that he didn’t stop when he caught my eye made it nearly impossible for me to withhold a smile. My husband does this; he compliments me to others, in big and small ways, to his buddies, his parents, even to strangers. I “catch” him praising me to others on a regular basis. And when I do — even after all these years — I can’t help but fall more and more in love with him.
Remember when we were kids and we overheard our parents praising us to someone else? Remember how this made us feel? Secure, loved and valued. As parents, grandparents, and spouses, our loved ones need to “catch us” praising them to others.
Scripture has many, many verses where his children “catch” the Lord praising and protecting the faith of those who follow him:
Zephaniah 3: 17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
John 14:3 says, “… I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 15:19 says, “…I have chosen you out of the world.”
We live in a world of trouble, stress and souls starving for Jesus. This is not an easy-breezy place to try and build a peaceful life. Yet, we can be encouraged when we remember that the prince of this world now stands condemned (John 16:11). Having an eternal focus helps us to love one another as Jesus loves us (John 13:34). In doing so, we can praise his name to others, remembering that Jesus is the “way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). And when we are busy loving as Jesus loves and praising his holy name, we can’t help but praise those he gifts us to love for this short time called life.
May we get “caught” often praising Jesus’ glorious name and the names of our loved ones.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV).
SGLY, dear readers.
(Smile, God Loves You.)
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook.com/tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffanychartier