I Trust That I Shall Have Great Joy in You – Alma 38:2-5

2 And now, my son, I trust that I shall have great joy in you, because of your steadiness and your faithfulness unto God; for as you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God, even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments; for blessed is he that endureth to the end.
3 I say unto you, my son, that I have had great joy in thee already, because of thy faithfulness and thy diligence, and thy patience and thy long-suffering among the people of the Zoramites.
4 For I know that thou wast in bonds; yea, and I also know that thou wast stoned for the word’s sake; and thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee; and now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee.
5 And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

I appreciate Alma’s example of giving positive feedback to his righteous son Shiblon. Note that he gives at least 3 forms of praise in these verses:
  1. He compliments Shiblon on his positive attributes, like steadiness, faithfulness, diligence, and patience.
  2. He highlights specific examples from Shiblon’s life illustrating these positive attributes. For example, he praises Shiblon for trusting God and enduring with patience the persecution he suffered his mission.
  3. He speaks with hope and trust of Shiblon’s future. Instead of fearing the worst and focusing on the negative things that might happen in his son’s future, he shares his belief that Shiblon will continue to receive great blessings as he continues to possess the attributes Alma has observed in him.
Today, I will remember my children’s strengths. I will praise their positive attributes, I will highlight specific examples of decisions which exemplify those attributes, and I will share with them my hope and confidence that their future will be bright as they continue to make those decisions.
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