A few days ago I got a surprise when I checked the mail and received a job offer from a different store. I've been thinking about it for the past few days about the pros and cons. I'm really thankful to have received a job offer, but after thinking about it, I've decided not to take it. My mind may change later on, but as time goes by I enjoy working in my current workplace more than before.
This offer has made me think about our value in life. What makes us "valuable"? In the eyes of world, it's probably how much we contribute to society or how good we "perform" in our many roles in life: as a sister, mother, neighbor, worker, husband, father, human being in general.
But what about those people whose condition makes them unable to contribute much or even at all? Like my FIL whose condition gets worse and worse? Or what about someone who's been paralyzed almost completely for years and years? I know one distant relative who's been bed-ridden for at least 17 years. Does that mean his value is "less" than others? Maybe to the eyes of the world, but not in God's eyes.
In God's eyes each one of us is valuable enough for Him to sent His son to die for our sins in the cross. In God's eyes each one of us is worth being saved. However, I think amidst this world's loud voices that tell you otherwise, it's sometimes easy to forget that if we strip away all the accomplishments and everything else that we "have earned", we are still valuable just the way we are.