About a week ago, a friend of mine had posed the question of what your favorite words to hear were. As I sat there pondering it, I knew I couldn’t put down “I love you,” even though I do love hearing those words. Mine was “I’m proud of you.”
I was thinking on why they are my favorite words, and was realizing that growing up, it was one phrase I didn’t hear very often. In fact, not only until last year, I remember my parents ever telling me that they were proud of me. They showed it by allowing me to grow up and move out on my own. Respecting that I was an adult and could make capable decisions. However, there is something satisfying in hearing the words.
I long to be successful in life and to be affirmed. I can be proud of myself for accomplishing goals, but hearing it from someone else can be very life giving. We are meant to live in community. To be in fellowship with one another. Affirming each other so we can grow.
What are your favorite words to hear?