“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.”
Jesus took the time for the one. He knew the value that each person carried. He handcrafted each one in His image. I read of Him taking the time to sit during the heat of the day and talk to the Samaritan woman. He stopped the crowd to speak to the woman with the bleeding issue. He touched the lepers, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, spent time with children and the stories go on and on.
Always at the core of our God is His ever present message that each person is valuable. He challenges us to love those closest to us, to love each person that we meet and to look for opportunities to love those we come in contact with. He created in us this yearning that could never be fulfilled if we just live for ourselves.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25) When I live to love others the way Christ would, that is when I find the ultimate joy in life.