A few weeks ago, I did something that has been on my heart to do for some time. I decided to sit down and write my son a letter. Who writes letters anymore? I know I don’t. But there was something in me that directed me to sit down and write my son a heart-felt message about how I felt about him. Specifically, I wanted John to know that Cheryl and I were proud of him and where God had brought him to this point in his life. John is a senior at Pensacola Christian College, majoring in math education. Now it’s not that we haven’t told him how we feel. We have on many occasions. John knows we love him, but my letter conveyed more than our love and pride. Over and again we read in the Scriptures how people blessed their children. I was fascinated by this biblical topic. Simplified, the Scriptural blessing of a father to his son was used to convey thoughts of a bright future for the child. Numerous accounts are provided for us in the Bible of parents taking the time to bless their children. The idea intrigued me and prompted me to put into writing my thoughts about John’s future. I commended his character and told him that I believed he was going to be used in a mighty way by the Lord. A verse that has been ringing out to me about my son is John 1:6. It says,“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”Obviously it is talking about John the Baptist. But if God used John the Baptist, He could certainly use my John. I put that verse in my letter and encouraged my son to be a great man for God. I blessed himand told him that I knew he had a bright future wherever God would lead him.

My regret? That I waited until he was 22 to do this. I wish I had said it more when he was a toddler and growing up. Our children ought to know that if anybody believes in them, it’s their parents. The blessing that we can give our children is available in a number of ways, but there is no more powerful blessing than the spoken word of a parent. Most of us believe it in our hearts; We just don’t say it, and when we do, we don’t say it often enough. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Do it today. This doesn’t just apply to parents but to grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and friends. We ought to recognize the potential of a child and tell him that he can accomplish great things for the Lord. Encourage them to dream…and with God’s help, stand back and watch what God will do.

Mark 10:16, “…He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.