I would not trade certain things, regardless of the potential trade. The people in my life that I am able to call friends are at the top of the list. The moments when I have felt the touch or heard the voice of God are in this category. The list goes on and on, growing as I recall times spent with God and his children.
When I realize the value that God continues to place on my life, I am dumbstruck. I know that weakness, failings, and acts of betrayal. I see the doubts and wandering thoughts. I find God's relationship with me to be mysterious, puzzling, confusing, awesome, life changing, invigorating, and stunning.
Yet, I trade everything away daily for bits and bobble that for a moment satisfy self. I give things away that are priceless without a thought. I put myself in positions where compromise is easy, becoming a traitor natural. Everything that is precious is out for someone to steal.
God knows this and yet stays around anyway. He keeps whispering; “You don't want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted.” (Proverbs 5.9) You are precious. Your are without price. I have died so that you might live restored; it can begin now.
There are days when the cost of living gets to me. The brokenness and desperation of trying to live seems overwhelming. It is in these moments that something happens to help me realize just how much God values you and me. We are children and friends without price.
At times like this, only one question that remains. How do I respond? What is my next decision and choice?
I cannot forget everything God has and continues to do. He loves and accepts unconditionally. He restores each to their full potential, if they say yes in faith and trust. He offers to all the chance to come home, to experience their creator.
I realize what I want most in life; to know God, experience the Presence, and give this away to those I meet.