The Comforting Words Of A Daughter
“You won’t hurt me.Â You love me.”Â ThoseÂ seven wordsÂ make upÂ twoÂ ofÂ myÂ favoriteÂ all-time sentences.Â Â The reason is because several years ago when my daughter was three years old, I asked her to trust me and do something.Â As only little girls can, she looked up at me, smiled, and gently said those precious words.Â I have to admit that I still get a little teary-eyed a decade laterÂ thinking about that conversation.
This morning I was ambushedÂ by emotionÂ driving to work as that conversation, for some unexpected reason, popped into my mind.Â Maybe it’s because I know so many peopleÂ who areÂ hurting.Â Maybe it’s the difficult and uncertain economic times we are in.Â Maybe it’s the level of suffering I see globally.Â Maybe it’s the increase in natural disasters.Â Maybe it’s all the above.Â
We live inÂ a broken and fallen world because of sin.Â As a result, no one isÂ immune from pain and suffering.Â Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people.Â But GodÂ loves us and would never hurt us.Â On the contrary, He isÂ the anchor we hold ontoÂ during those unfortunateÂ times.
“You won’t hurt me.Â You love you me.” teaches me the following leadership lessons:
- The responsibility that comes with theÂ unbelievable level of trust my daughter places in me.Â I cannot let her down.
- Fathers should strive to create environments of trust, security, and safety for their families.
- As parents we set precedent each day because we are sending our children off to time we cannot see.
- The importance of investment.Â My daughter and I are still have wonderfully close relationship a decade later.Â It began when she was a baby.
- Is anything more important than family?
- Leaders should alwaysÂ prioritize serving others rather than being self-serving.
- We are all fragile.
- All storms are temporary.Â When bad things happen,Â we can make it throughÂ because God wants the best for us.
- WhenÂ bad things happen, our natural default mode should be to turn to the One who loves us more than anything.
- Personal inventory.Â Do I trust my Heavenly Father like my daughter trusts me when He asks me to do something?
If you are a leader or just an average person (if there is such a thing)Â who is scared today,Â who is facingÂ uncertainty,Â who is experiencingÂ pain, I ask you to let my daughter’s words from a decade ago comfort you.Â Just say “God, you won’t hurt me.Â You love me.”
Than let me know what happens next.
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