Yesterday morning during blogger chat, my friend Cheryl of parkinsonscaregivernet.wordpress.com shared that the books a person has on a nightstand says a lot about the person.
I do not have a nightstand, but a book that has been resonating with me recently is A Gentle Answer by Scott Sauls. In the book he writes about how Jesus made people feel valued. I love one quote from his book:
“If you were sick, poor, sexually damaged, or paralyzed by guilt and shame, for example, Jesus would move toward you and tell you what nobody else would: you matter.”
Jesus has blessed me with opportunities to get to know people from literally all over the world. They matter to me and I hope they feel that from me. My hope is that through my friends feeling that from me, it portrays Jesus to them.
Most of the people I follow on Instagram are my fellow chronic illness sufferers. As I scroll down the photos, one thing I try to notice is who is having a bad day, so I let them know I am praying for them. I want them to know they matter. That someone sees them in life while they are having down moments.
Jesus showed how much he values everyone when he died on the cross for us and defeated death for us. He could have stopped his arrest, trial torture and crucifixion with one word, but he didn’t. He allowed it all to happen because he loves us.
Jesus spoke about how valuable we are to God in Matthew 6:
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
God values everyone. We are important to him. The question I ask myself is, “Do I reflect that to others.”
Thank you for reading. God Bless.