Warning to readers: This post is not full of the normal angst, and may be considered by some as gaggy... so read at your own risk:
Sometimes the "validation" we all seek comes from a payday of sorts. We receive a reward or a bonus check, or a new job or project. Sometimes we are part of a winning team. Sometimes we get accolades from our friends and associates.
And sometimes we receive the best validation or accolades of all - those that come from the spirit testifying one-on-one to our souls that we are loved and understood and known intimately by our Heavenly Father.
This past weekend was one of those "sometimes" for me. Without going into too much detail (as I don't feel it appropriate) let me just say that it involved spiritual connections with my wife and kids, it reaffirmed love from extended family, and it brought closeness to our lives together that I haven't felt in some time! The tenderness of the occasion, the confirmation of testimonies, the reassurance of the Comforter, witnessed for me the joy that comes from a source greater than ourselves.
It was an experience where a father steps back and looks at his kids and catches a glimpse, for just a moment, of what the Father sees in all of us.
I reflect on this experience and confirm that God is real, God is love. God loves me. And if I am loved, and "valid" with all my shortcomings, then certainly you are loved as well...
It's the ultimate payday...