Last week we spoke of lessons to learn in “Pick up in the rain.” This week I would like us to learn the second important lesson: Every person is important.
During the second month of nursing school, a professor gave a pop quiz. As a conscientious student breezed through the questions, he was stumped by the last one. What is the first name of the woman who cleans our building?
Surely this was some kind of joke! The woman was tall, dark haired lady in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He left the question blank as he handed in his paper.
Just before class ended, a students asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. “Absolutely,” the professor responded. “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your personal attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” They all learned a very important lesson … by the way her was Dorthy.
Aren’t you glad that God cares about individual people? We are not just numbers in His creation, but He knows our names. Not just the important people, but all of us. Think of it, the shepherds were the ones to receive a personal invitation to come to the joyous occasion of the birth of the Lord Jesus. “And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2:10-11).
God intentionally chose this group of lowly men, not Roman officials, not the high priest or the wealthy of that day. Why? Because He wanted to let it be known that His love is for everyone and that all people are important to Him. “For there is no respect of persons with God,” (Romans 2:11).
Rejoice! Jesus, the Savior of the World was born, died and rose again for you. He loves you more than you will ever know. If you do not know Him, invite Him into your heart today! We all are important to Him. He knows your name!
Dr. David Bouler of Global Faith Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, contributed this column to the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.