by Lydia Floren
Last week, we talked about how we are each a treasure to God, dearly loved by Him. And how life-changing and soul-sustaining it is to be loved like that.
When we are loved like that, it moves us to action. God calls us, challenges us, to care for those around us, the same way that He cares for us. Gently. Compassionately. Graciously. Respectfully. We have no business judging. Or, condemning. Or, dismissing. Or, hurting. Or, criticizing. We have no idea what someone has been through, or may still be going through.
And that’s not our job anyway.
Our business is to treat each treasure—each unique creation of God—with the utmost care. To value them, regardless of what we see on the surface, because we know how precious they are inside. And, when we have opportunity, our job is to brush off a little dirt and show their beauty even more, to themselves as much as to us.
Take the time today to notice the person in front of you. Smile at them. Find a way to encourage them with a word, or a touch. A listening ear, a small gift. A laugh. A prayer. Each effort you make brushes away a bit of dirt, and frees a spirit/heart to shine a bit brighter.