It’s more than “Good job …”

“Praise from all who love God!” Psalm 148:14

imageWhen I’m around parents with little children or pre-teens, frequently, I hear the same two words: Good job. I wonder if when a child hears “Good job” all day long if it loses the intended impact of building the child’s self-esteem.

Perhaps, as a writer, I could write a little book of creative ways to praise a child without using the worn out, “Good job.” How about, “Your room looks so nice when the toys are put away!” Or, “Your kisses are so sweet after you’ve brushed your teeth.” “It will be much easier to clean your plate since you’ve eaten all your food!” But then, these suggestions are rather dull, and “Good job” is quicker to say and easier to remember.

We adults need to hear words of approval, adoration, and praise to feel part of our family, community, job, and to boost our self-esteem. However, it is the well-thought out words of praise that is appreciated. Recently a blog reader wrote me a note: “I read your devotionals every day and really look forward to them. They always bring something to my mind.” I felt appreciated and that my work has value.

It is clear to me when I read from the book of Psalms, that unlike children, God can’t get too much praise. God doesn’t need a boost for his self-esteem, but it makes it easier to see into the window of your heart. So, praise on! When you see a brilliant sunrise or a rainbow in the sky, it’s okay just to say, Good job, God.”
Lord, I never tire of praising you! Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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