Sometimes a sweet daddy daughter pep talk can also be a precious lesson for us as God’s children.
I remember a specific moment at summer camp. We had spent some family time at the archery range.
The girls were really excited because they’d never been able to try archery before and they were excited for Daddy to teach them how to shoot a bow and arrow.
Happily, our little family walked to the archery area back in the woods and stood in line for our turn.
First, Jeremy worked with Elayna. She did really well. At 9 years old, she was old enough to shoot the arrows with the strength and aim it takes to hit the target.
But then, little Annalise and Abby tried and tried.
Most of their arrows fell short of the target.
The ones that actually hit the target, bounced off because they didn’t have enough power to poke through the target and stick.
Of course, seeing everyone else hit the target, Annalise and Abby felt bad. They were sad that they couldn’t do it right or make their arrows stick into the target.
They felt like they’d failed.
Their faces were down and Abby said, “I’m not good at this.”
I watched as Jeremy sat them down and gave them a Daddy pep talk.
He went on to tell them that their form was great.
He told them that they listened well.
He told them that when they got stronger, they would be able to hit the target and make the arrows stick.
He told them that for their age, they did perfect. He was proud of them.
He wanted them to know that they had not failed. They just weren’t ready yet.
He wanted them to know that even though they might not have the strength, they were learning skills that would help them later when they did have the strength.
He promised to take them again so they could keep learning.
I listened to him talk to the girls and each word he said hit my heart like an arrow sent from my Heavenly Father. A quiet pep talk from above.
I realized that I needed that pep talk. I needed to listen to Jeremy’s words and apply them to my own failures, mistakes and struggles.
Sometimes, we get worked up because we can’t do something or we don’t do it as well as someone else or we don’t have the skills to do what we are trying to do. We feel God leading us in a certain way and we don’t see it working out the way we think it should.
It was like God was saying, “Its okay. You are doing just fine. You haven’t failed. You are learning skills that I need you to know. You are right on track and growing in new abilities that you will need for this task. This is my timing, not yours; my plan that I will work through you. I am proud of you. Keep trying. You will accomplish this because I promise to help you.”
I walked away that very hot day having heard the whisper of Jesus and allowing His pep talk to be balm to my soul.
Do you feel God calling you in a certain way? Do you see things that you want to learn or grow in? Is there an area that is making you feel like a failure?
Let God speak to you. Listen to His caring Daddy voice.
Listen to the pep talk.
Get joy in the fact that He will work through you, give you strength and equip you as you follow His leading.
Let Him work in His time and give yourself time to develop the skills you need for the task He has called you to accomplish.
Remember, He is proud of YOU!