Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Every Life Matters
In review o f 1 Samuel 16:7 it says, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Lord doesn't see things the way we do. We judge and make decisions about others by their outward appearance. The Lord doesn't, He looks at a someones heart.
What this means to me:
The Lord doesn't see things the way I tend to. I’ll often look at the outward appearance, apply a value and make a decision. The Lord however, looks at one’s thoughts and intentions.
What I’m learning is that life is sacred to God. It is the mentality and thinking that “some lives matter more than others” that caused the Holocaust. That was the mentality of Hitler: “Some people are more important than others. So we’ll just wipe out the weak, the infirm, the aged, or people we disagree with.” Today we even see in couples that are expecting and hear about their baby having a birth defect, considering abortion.
If everybody who had a defect were aborted, I would have been aborted. I definitely have defects. In fact everybody is handicapped in one way or another. We just don’t admit it. In my own life I have some emotional handicaps, and I have some fears that I won’t even talk to my wife about. And I have some physical handicaps. But we all have defects and problems.
The Bible says that God loves the weak, the infirm, the special needs person. And we need them in our lives to learn unselfishness.
Also, I’m learning that I must always protect the sanctity of life. It reveals God’s purpose and shows God’s glory.
To God, I’m valuable, no matter what and so is every child.
The Bible tells us that God accepts responsibility for all our genetic defects. Not the problems in our lives we brought on ourselves because of overeating or smoking or drinking too much, but all the genetic weaknesses that you didn't have any say in are all part of your SHAPE.
The Bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (NIV).
God accepts responsibility, because he has a bigger perspective than any human. He can see what I can’t see. He loves each person he made for their potential to do the great things he has planned for us.
The good news is that God isn't going to compare me with anybody else. But he is going to compare me with my potential. It’s not my goal to be the best person in the world. I’m not even trying. It’s my goal to be the best person I can possibly be given the talent, background, opportunities, and gifts that God gave me. This is what I’ll be evaluated on.
So today, I don’t want to compare myself with others and I don’t want to focus on any physical restrictions I have. I will just do my best to live the life that God wants me to live and fulfill.
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