The First Trophy

P1010173Today was a special day. Not only was it Mother’s Day…it was the day that my oldest daughter (Anna, 4), received her first trophy for playing piano at guild. Not quite the World Series, I understand, but it might as well have been. To her it was everything, and so to me it meant a great deal as well.

My first trophy was for our T-Ball team finishing first place when I was four. I just remember how I felt when I was given that trophy…I thought it was pure gold.

It got me thinking about the greatest honor I’ve ever received. I’ve never really had "the big one," but it feels good to achieve, doesn’t it?

Harold Kushner, quoting someone else, says that all people need Motherly love ("I love you no matter what–I love you unconditionally) and Fatherly love ("I love you because you’re lovable–I love you because you’ve earned it). He says that those who grow up with one but not the other spend their life seeking the one they were deprived of in a myriad of ways.

Whether that it true or not, I do not know. I just know that both types feel really good, and I’m thankful that on this Mother’s day, Anna got to feel like daddy was proud of her…even though he loves her no matter what.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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