I have a lot swirling around in my head as this weekend comes to a close. And while I can’t really put all of it into words at the moment, I think it’s safe to say that a lot of it centers around the same theme: I want to make people feel valuable.
As I’m reading books like this one and this one, stories of young girls being sold into sex slavery and families being ripped apart by war, I’m sad. So sad that these awful things, such unfair things, happen to people. And struck by this pervading sense that the forces of evil want nothing more than for people to feel worthless. When really, truly, they are so beautiful and valuable in the eyes of God.
We had a guest preacher today at church, a local judge who has started a program to help women get out of prostitution. He read the story of the prostitute in the book of Luke who had been forgiven by Jesus and washed his feet with her tears, her hair and an alabaster bottle of expensive perfume. When everyone else looked down on her, Jesus told her how valuable she was. And did that same thing for so many people throughout the gospels.
Two of these women that have gone through the judge’s program came with him today. They stood up in front of 500+ people and shared their testimony of how God has delivered them and loves them unconditionally. It was beautiful. They got a standing ovation and lots of bursts of cheers and clapping. The judge said something, though, that made me sad. He admitted to being a bit insecure and had wondered how we would receive these women. Break my heart.
I wonder what I can do to make people feel valuable.
When we go to Cambodia, I want everyone I come in contact with to feel like I think they’re valuable. When I walk through my neighborhood, I want everyone I meet to feel like I think they’re valuable. I want my online friends and real-life friends to feel like I think they’re valuable. I want my kids and husband to feel like I think they’re valuable.
And I can’t do this without God’s help.
Like I said, I have a lot of thoughts all tumbling around in my head, and I hope to organize more of them in words sometime soon. But, for now, here’s an amazing video of some people who used their talents to make people feel valuable last year. Gabe was able to be involved with this project here in Columbus, and the girls and I are going to help him when he does it again this fall.
It’s worth four minutes of your time. I promise.
If you’ve got a second, pick a question:
1. Is there someone in your life who could use some encouragement today? How could you show her (him) that she (he) has value?
2. Tell me about a time someone made you feel valuable.
Have a wonderful Monday, friends!