Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.

Diana, Princess of Wales

This weekend, we are going to be moving from Jesus’ teachings to one of his acts of healing. It is the story of the ten lepers who are healed, but only one of them turns back to say thank you. There is a lot to unpack there and we will do so on Sunday.

But among the ideas to be lifted up surrounding this story comes this key understanding: everyone is important.

Not because of their relationship to another person. Not because of how they can help make a profit. And definitely not because they have earned it.

No. Every single other person on this planet is important because God made them. There is an intrinsic value in each life for that reason alone, before anything else adds to it.

Our job, as followers of Christ, is to help everyone feel important. To reach out and thank them for what they do. To build them up when they are down. To offer to walk with them in the valleys. To celebrate with them on the mountaintops.

You are a beloved child of God. You are important.

There are a million and a half ways we can be of service to our fellow human beings. So pick one and start doing it.

Because when someone feels important, that is when they start realizing they can make someone else feel the same. And then… then the world really will begin to transform.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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