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'God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude'
God reminded me of something this morning. Worth is not found in what others think about us, but solely in the value He places on us. Too often it is easy to get sidetracked and sidelined by the desire to fit in and be like everyone else. I speak as someone who often deals with wanting to be liked, or pleasing other people. Too often through no fault of theirs, comparison becomes a noose that attempts to choke out my faith. This has been a life long journey for me. Am I getting better? Yes.
I remember my father-in-law who has preached for many years told me long ago, "James, your gonna have to toughen up your skin if you are going to be in ministry". That is a realization I have grown into. You must toughen your skin not to keep people out but to be able to remain true to who God has created you to be.
Do not let the opinions of others define you because they change daily. God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Your value is found in the gospel of Jesus. You are worth dying for!
God cares for you. Even the most minuscule details of your day are orchestrated and ordained by Him. Today, fear God, not man. Live in the value that God has placed upon you, not what others try to place on you!
'And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.' - Luke 12:7
I had the privilege of helping Erik Aiken and Jesse McElrath with Broadway Fire Department in doing a Firetruck "Display and Spray' for a group of children with special needs yesterday. The was an event sponsored by an organization called A Night To Remember.
I have done many of these presentations over the years to kids who could care less, but these kiddos thought it was the coolest thing ever. We don't claim to be a heroes but these children, parents and leaders made us feel like one. I truly saw another aspect of the face of God in the eyes and faces of those precious children.
Here's what Jesus says . . .
(Luke 9:1-3 NLT) As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.
Children with special disabilities do not want our pity, they want our attention and love. They are children who do not let their situation define them. They live their lives and love like anyone else and those who care for them are the true heroes!!!!!!!!!