My son’s 4 year old face was filled with pure elation as he exclaimed, “I did it Dad!” As his father, I could not help but share in this momentous occasion. Hendrix had in fact opened the candy package on his own without the aid of older siblings or ever-present parents. And to the world all around us, this effortless act was commonplace & unremarkable. There are so many other skills Hendrix will need to master before making it through life!
I can hear the echos of God’s love in that moment I shared with the little guy. Our accolades often fall on deaf ears because everyone around us, even those with the very best of intentions, have no framework for the deepest purpose in our lives instilled by the Creator himself. God shares in the exhilaration of small and meaningless moments because as our Father, He has the deepest love and affection for us. Our sense of value is often distorted by the hubbub of life. Let me show you what I am talking about:
1. In the law of supply & demand, value in it’s simplest form is derived for the amount someone is willing to pay for it. With this in mind, think about your value in light of what Christ paid:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
2. Value is often derived by the person who once owned the object. For example, my used underwear is worthless. Elvis Presley’s is on sale for $5,000 (seriously?). With this in mind think about who owns you:
For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. – 1 Corinthians 7:22-23
I think we can all walk away from Hendrix’s accomplishment in humility and gratefulness.