Imagine this two teen girls. One of the girls is very strong and healthy. The other teen has never even been out of her wheelchair to know what freedom us, like the other teen. She sits in her wheelchair watching the world and faces not jus emotional challenges that arise from it and just common challenges of normal life, she also experiences physical pains and struggles on top of that.
However, when you look at both of the girls, they both are smiling and filled with joy as they come together and enjoy each other’s company. Two beautiful young girls who see only in each other what they truly are, friends and they treasure that friendship.
Jesus was one who devoted a lot of His time and attention to people just like the young girl in the wheelchair. He befriended many people with lifelong disabilities or physical deformities as well as those who were looked down on by others for a variety of reasons. In fact, Jesus let one of “those people” anoint Him with oil, to the disdain of the religious leaders. On another occasion, when a woman demonstrated her love with a similar act, Jesus told her critics, “Leave her alone…She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Mark 14:6)
God values everyone equally; there are no distinctions in His eyes. In reality, we are all in desperate need of Christ’s love and forgiveness. His love compelled Him to die on the cross for us.
May we see each person as Jesus did: made in God’s image and worthy of His love. Let’s treat everyone we meet with Christlike equality and learn to see beauty as He does.
Help me to see people as You see them, not important because of what they can do or how they look, but because they are made in God’s image and You loved them enough to die for them.