But not thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
Thought for the Day: We are all children of God
Driving toward the Mall of Georgia area yesterday was very daunting. As we drove, all we saw were cars covering every parking lot and we heard honking horns as people became impatient with others. We passed the mall and headed to a restaurant to eat a calm meal before going shopping in that mall for a few needed things. We enjoyed our meal and laughed as we shared the time together. Following that meal, we headed to a consignment store to see if we could find a few things for our youngest. To our amazement it was a very nice store and we were able to purchase several things for him. Then we went to a store in the mall to make our other purchases. My husband took our youngest to find shoes and I took our oldest to find jeans as he had outgrown all of the pants he had at home. We began our search and he began trying many pairs of jeans on for size. As I awaited his yes or no response to each pair he tried on, I was able to chat with a young lady who worked in the store. As we worked together to find more jeans my son’s size, we talked about life in general. I asked her if I could help put the unwanted jeans back on the shelf. She seemed surprised and said “Thank you.” As we talked, I asked if she received a discount when she made purchases and she said, “Yes, and I deserve it after being treated as badly as people treat me when I am trying to help them. They act ‘entitled’ as they ask for things and then put me down when I help them.” I shared with her that she was a very sweet girl and I was thankful for how she had helped me in finding jeans or my son. She had to leave the area as it was her lunch time, but she affirmed me before she left.
As I heard the word, “entitled”, I thought about how many people we meet every day treat others badly because of their place in society. Then I think about eternal life with Christ and that every person is “entitled” and chosen as a child of God. No one is above or below anyone else. In today’s Upper Room Devotion, I read about a lady who in her youth was not chosen until last when her class chose teams. In our family, I hear my husband say to our children often, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” We laugh when he says that because it does sometimes come at funny times, but there is so much truth in that. We should always respect others and treat them as we want to be treated. We should always treat people we meet in the way that Jesus would treat them.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for letting us meet people as we walk life’s path. Help us to treat each person we meet in the way Jesus’ would treat them. We are all your children and we are blessed that you have chosen us. We love you, Father. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Treating others with respect