I confess, I’m a gusher. Blame it on my God-given gift of encouragement, but chances are if you’re in my company for thirty seconds you’re going to hear me tell you something positive. Maybe I love your hair, or your new shoes. Or I just have to thank you for the Christmas card you sent because your new puppy is absolutely precious and it blessed me to see your family smiling. Whatever the case may be, just know my compliments are genuine and heartfelt. My own love language is words of affirmation, after all, so it makes sense I would dole them out to others quite naturally, like breathing.
I do this for my kids all the time.
You are beautiful. I’m proud of you. God made you special.
Why? Not to create vain, self-focused divas, but to instill in them a sense of who they are in God’s sight. Heaven knows the world is going to tell them otherwise. They ought to hear the truth from me, their mother, the one who loves them deeply to my core.
Today on For the Family, I’m sharing five of the best compliments we can give our children—each of them rooted soundly in Scripture. Rest assured we’re not talking about superficial, “you’re so great” flattery, but rather the truest kind of encouragement our kids can hear. They are able—because of Jesus.