“Did you just end up on this earth? Was it all an accident?
The Bible says it wasn’t an accident. It was a plan.
You didn’t just end up here. God put you here on purpose.
God wanted you here, and he had to have you here right now. Because he has a wonderful plan for you- something that only you can do.
Every single thing about you- the color of your eyes, your name, what you love, every day you will live- God knew before time began.
Even before you were born, he loved you. You began in God’s heart.
You are his. Made by him. Made for him.”
– Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
A young man the size of a small boy rocks back and forth in his bed tonight. He is surrounded by others just like him, yet he is alone. In the bed next to his, another boy hits his head with his hand over and over, his attempt to feel something.
I’m not there with them, but I know what they are doing. I know because it is what they are always doing- every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year. Their lives are empty shells. They’re here on this earth, but not truly living.
On Tuesdays and Fridays a group of smiling people come to their room and offer them love and bananas, but with vacant eyes they can’t seem to respond or engage. They shrink away from touch and scream when too much unexpected action occurs.
Their lives consist of one hallway with several identical rooms, where every day is the same.
And there they live out their days, so alone- like dead men walking.
And yet, their lives have infinite value.
Each one lovingly formed and crafted in his mother’s womb. Our Father God has always known every single detail about them. He knows what lies behind the blank faces.
He knows. He loves. Oh how He loves.
And in His great love and mercy He has not forgotten them. Even as they sit and rock right at this very moment He has plans for them. Our God has a future and a hope for them. He promises it, so it is so.
I picture God the Father looking down on them with eyes so full of love He can’t contain himself. I see his eyes brimming over with tears at the pain and suffering they have endured. But I hear him whisper ever so softly, “Don’t you worry sweet baby. Daddy’s here and it’s all going to be okay.”
The infinite value of a life.
A young woman heads to work on the subway, her favorite music keeping her company along the way. She looks at all the strangers around her and feels small. A man pulls his truck in to the parking lot at his office, right on time despite the traffic. Another day, another dollar. A harried mom makes lunches and checks homework and ties shoelaces before hustling her brood out the door. An old man, nearing the end of his days, waits for his caregiver to come help him in to his chair so he can peruse the morning news. Oh how he wishes he could still do it himself. It’s hard to have to rely on others. A teacher welcomes her class with a smile- yet behind the smile she wonders if she is really making a difference and how she will manage to make it through another day. A Grandma, a taxi driver, a teenager, a child, a seamstress…
Each one infinitely valuable. Each one made with a purpose and for a purpose.
Oh how He loves.
From the weakest boy at our orphanage to the strongest and most alive among you- God sees you and He knows you. He created you with so much value. What will you do with it?
You have choices and abilities and loves and talents. How will you use them?
Will you use your life as a yes to God? Will you let Him use you fully as you He intended you to be? Can you imagine how beautiful that would be? -If each of us lived our lives fully as God intended. If we each invested the value of our lives in to God’s Kingdom and in to the ones who have no choices- the lost and forgotten, the discarded ones.
Please don’t dismiss your value. Don’t squander this life you’ve been given. It’s such a great gift! Maybe today it seems really hard. Maybe today you don’t feel you have much value. Maybe you’ve squandered your days and live with regret.
I picture God the Father looking down on you with eyes so full of love He can’t contain himself. I see his eyes brimming over with tears at the pain and suffering you have endured. But I hear him whisper ever so softly, “Don’t you worry sweet baby. Daddy’s here and it’s all going to be okay.”
It’s never too late to say yes to God.
Your life has immense value. Spend wisely today, would you? I guarantee you won’t regret it.