If you get me in a reflective mood, a quiet evening or morning, thinking back on how far the journey has come and of what could be, I will admit the unthinkable. I will acknowledge that there is at least one person that if you compared with me I would be the “better”. In certain vibrant and honest moments, there would be groups that you could compare me with, but this only happens when I believe my own my ego and falsehoods.
I actually think my thoughts are common to others, at least if behavior is the indicator. I feel others look down on me at times, especially when I need a bit of a hand. I see the looks towards the handicap, economically disadvantaged, and those struggling with life. Somehow, the logic is that we can feel better if we are better than others do.
Along comes advice.
“If you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.” (Romans 12.8)
Do this because it is right. Do this because the disadvantaged need something to treasure. Do this because; a hundred reasons that avoid the truth follow.
The reasons noted are true to a degree but they imply and hide the real issue. The rationale assumes that a hierarchy exists and that there are valid reasons for it. Nothing could be more false! Man makes hierarchies, builds them on intellectual pillars, and then strengthens them with material goods, power, status, and titles. Even when we fight them we validate their existence by our words and actions.
God looks at us differently. We are his children, in all and every circumstance. He loves us equally, an ultimate parent untouched by behavior or gifts. We made mistakes when we were young, and as a result, He made the ultimate sacrifice for our restoration. God sees us through the eyes of this sacrifice. As a result, we are all individually priceless.
God has no favorites. God loves you in a special and unique way, just because.