Monday, April 16, 2012

Value


"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."
G.K. Chesterton

Misplaced values. Our world teaches that value is found in what one has. That designer house, the beautiful landscaped garden, the car, the boat, the cabin, personal beauty.

However, it isn't that planned out house, it's the people that live in it and make the memories in that house that make it a home. It's Christmases and birthdays, the day-in-day-out lived with other people.

It isn't the car, it's the people that ride in that car that make that car have memories. (Seriously, can't you remember the smell and rumbling sound of the old family car? Or squabbling over who would have to sit in the middle of the backseat? Or that high school friend you'd drive home and chat with?)

It isn't the boat, it's the people who go fishing in that boat and catch that prize-winning bass. Or don't catch anything at all. Or fall asleep when they are supposed to be fishing.

It isn't the cabin. No, you didn't own that cabin anyway. It's the people in that cabin. The little girl who tries to sit on your lap and misses while you aren't looking.

It isn't personal beauty, it's the person behind the mask, the soul that inhabits that body. (After all, it has been said, "You don't have a soul, you ARE a soul.")

It's when we start to value the house, the car, the internet above the people in our lives that our lack of love is revealed. It's when that broken sprinkler head becomes someone's fault. Or when that wrecked car becomes more important than the person walking away from the wreckage. It's also when that virtual relationship becomes more important than actual relationship with other people.

Yes, my heart shows what it values. So does yours.

What do you value today? How can you actively show love for others in your life?


1 comment:

  1. Use your "things" the way that God intended them... as a reflection and outpouring of HIS love, blessing, and faithfulness. It all belongs to Him anyway. When Bianca & Virginia were in our home, the "things" were a great struggle to them. We adopted a motto that we have since used time and time again with our own children in hopes that they will hear (and see) it so much that it will become just an extension of who they are. It is: People are more important than things! And oft times, it is something that Jason and I have to remind ourselves of. People ARE more important than things!

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