December 09, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Someone Else's Treasure

I love to explore places that carry nontraditional art supplies.  Corks, broken jewelry, fabric scraps, baby doll parts...things that might look like trash to most, really sparks my imagination.  I believe artists often see potential in things others do not.  This might be why some get the reputation of being hoarders.  Even if they don't have an immediate use for something, there may be a time in the future that item is needed.  The potential is just too great to allow it to "get away".  Artists will develop collections of different items that might have been tossed in the trash that will one day make their way into a work of art.  As the saying person's trash is someone else's treasure!

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  Psalm 118:22
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well....these were people that had been written off by society as trash, unredeemable, and rejects.  However, an encounter with the Lord changed the trajectory of their lives.  They felt accepted, forgiven, and worth something. It is amazing the change that can occur when someone feels loved. We serve a God that has experienced rejection.  We serve a God who cares deeply for those who feel the pains of rejection.  He came to love them.  Not because he felt sorry for them, but because he treasures them. He sees the potential in their lives that others do not. Haven't we all experienced rejection of some sort?  Some of us much more than others.  Haven't we also experienced the love and acceptance of God?

If our Lord sees the potential in those who society rejects....
why don't we?  If we say we do....can our attitudes & actions back that up? 

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