What are the things that you value most highly? For me and many others I am sure, it is the things I love most. One example of this would be a bracelet that I wear all the time. I have no idea what the monetary value is, probably in the $100 range, but to me it is immeasurable value. It was given to me by someone I loved dearly a few months before she passed away. Wearing it lets me feel like I have a piece of her with me. This idea applies to across the board. we see value in the things we love, and toss away things we don’t. Sadly, it often applies to people.
I have seen people treated poorly, because they didn’t live up to some unwritten standard of what society calls valuable, but each one of those people have someone who loves them and calls them priceless. They are loved by those who know them well, the cute way they wrinkle there nose when they think, the way the root for the underdog, or any of the little things that only the people who know you best know about you. It is hear in the train of thought that I realized the best news ever. God knows all this and more about each one of us! The Bible tells us He knows even the smallest, most negligible details about us, down to how many hairs we have on our head. The God of the universe loves us with a great and powerful love that exceeds even my ability to imagine. We don’t need to meet some worldly standard of what is lovable; we need only to be His creation. “Behold what manner of the love the father has given unto us. That we should be called the sons of God”
The problem is that as people, we have a hard time loving what we can not understand and often we don’t understand things, or people, that are new or different. There are some things that we all have in common, as I have mentioned before. We can understand that we are all sinners; we all have similar basic needs (despite choosing different means to fulfill them), and in the end – we are all family.
We must begin to invest our time and money around in the people in our circle of influence. We must ask God to help us see past what is different to what is the same. Most of all we need to see them as people who are held captive by the enemy who need Jesus. All life is valuable and loved dearly by God, as the children of God we should love people too. It can be hard, I know, being an imperfect person myself. I can be very hard to love at times and I am thankful to be blessed with people who love me. I am beyond grateful to have a savior who loves me enough to die for me. Are you willing to die for your fellow man? at least metaphorically…