(ฌอน บูรณะหิรัญ – Sean Buranahiran Published on Oct 20, 2017)
This video was sent to me this morning by a precious friend who was encouraging my heart. I was blessed. It can be extremely difficult to remember that our value isn’t dictated by our popularity, power, performance, or possessions. Others may base their opinions of us on our social media feeds, fifteen minute conversations, our past mistakes, or hearsay but these opinions can’t even touch the value that our Creator has placed on each and every life. On my life. On your life. And on the life of the person that hurt my feelings yesterday.
I found my own heart convicted of not treating my priceless family members as priceless. My husband. My children. My parents and siblings. My relatives. And those I love so much yet simply assume they know. I know they’re priceless. I tell them they are priceless but perhaps not in so many words. Or as often as I should. Or with my words and/or actions, especially those within my own home.
I will fight fearlessly to protect my children from others and yet treat them with such a lack of value when I’m exhausted, frustrated, hungry, or pushed to my limits. Or perhaps I need something or expect something and they fall short. I simply have nothing left to give but they still ask for more. As frustrating as this can be, perhaps I should also consider it flattering. Perhaps they really believe me to be a river of love and energy that simply doesn’t stop running. Or sleep. Ever.
Do they still know how valuable they are?
Granted, at some point they will have to own the value placed on their life just as I’ve had to learn the true value of mine based on who God says I am – not what others say I am. I can’t do that work for my children but I can sure show them the way in how I handle myself and how I treat them.
There have been countless times I’ve been frustrated, in pain, or feel tremendous discouragement in my marriage or with my boys and in my moments of ‘venting’ I’ve actually spoken about them as if they are $2 stones. When we hit stormy seasons and they act like $2 stones, it doesn’t mean they actually are. A person may act like a $2 stone, may look like a $2 stone, or may be deserved to be treated like a $2 stone but it doesn’t mean they are a $2 stone.
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