Simple, ordinary and the drab

When I break down to its components I get an atom of Hydrogen and two of Oxygen and if I further consider the atoms of Hydrogen and Oxygen I discover they are made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and sub-atomic particles. So are they not so simple and even drab? Yet they are all valuable. Each is unique. I cannot over ride them or pass them by without disrespecting the Creator who made them what they are. So I honour and respect each and everything in this God given world. If this were so true how much more should not I respect another human being? He is a conscious being endowed with inalienable freedom. He is unique. There never was another like him and there never would be another like him. He may be a poor man, he may be ignorant, and he may be an uneducated ordinary person. He may be, in the eyes of the world, a despicable person because his life is not exemplary. Yet he has his own God-given value and worth which I would do well to respect. Jesus would in his earthly life confess: "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” (Luke 10.21). Jesus is wonder-struck at the fact that God has chosen to reveal his great secrets to the ordinary, simple disciples instead of the rich, wise, well-educated people of Jerusalem. So, if you were an ordinary person do not hesitate to acknowledge your inner worth which God has given you and which, perhaps, the world does not recognize. You do not have to be extraordinary to be precious in the eyes of God. Your ordinariness contains within itself a worth which is God’s own gift and valuable.

 Jesus welcomed children because they were simple, trusting and ordinarily extraordinary. On one occasion the disciples tried to keep away the children because they felt they were taking too much of the Lord’s time. They wished Jesus to take some much needed rest. But Jesus would sharply rebuke his disciples. Mark tells us: “People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10.13-14). So let us learn to appreciate the simple, lowly and the ordinary!

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