My friend, may I ask you a question? Do people do heroic things because they are created in the image and likeness of God? Like a coin whose image has been defaced, any one of us may mar the likeness to God in his or her character. Is the way God sees us; with a few added touches and a little prodding?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
We had spent hours planning to finish our bedroom closet. All we needed to do was to move out all the clothes, do a thorough cleaning, a little touch-up paint here and there and then lay in the carpeting remnant we had purchased. But, when we had gotten to the painting part we found we had a gloss, paint and the original was a satin finish. Now the touch-up wouldn’t match. So my wife Holly suggested that we repaint all of the woodwork with the new paint, adding hours to the job but rendering the entire closet freshly repainted. At the time it seemed like so much unneeded work. But, when finished, we discovered the result was even better than we had planned. We both felt like remodeling heroes.
Perhaps this is the way God sees us; with a few added touches and a little prodding, what was OK might just be great!
Here’s a story: A homeless man in New York City saved the life of a two-year-old boy whose house was on fire. The man talked Sonya Lopez into throwing her son down to him when the mother and her child were trapped in their burning house. He caught the 27-pound boy and then helped Sonya get out. The baby was uninjured, and his mother was treated for smoke inhalation and released. They are fine. The hero that day was 45-year-old John Byrnes. He’s been homeless for two years; an alcoholic. In his own words, he’s a “drunken bum.” He saved two lives. Yet this is the best he could say for himself afterward: “I’m just an old drunk.” (Source unknown.)
People do heroic things because they are created in the image and likeness of God. Like a coin whose image has been defaced, any one of us may mar the likeness to God in his or her character. Yet, is this God’s plan for you? Perhaps we need to remind one another of how much God values you and I. As parents, our children need to hear this from us; spouses need to hear it as well. God’s strategy across the centuries has been to remind you of your worth in his eyes. He demonstrated that through the redemptive blood of Christ. No matter the label someone has stuck on you, heaven says you’re worth dying for. Like that “drunk” God may just waiting for you to be the hero he created you to be; something even better than you planned. Look for a negative today and make it a positive. Be a hero!
We pray. Heavenly Father. Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ.In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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