Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Accepting the difference for God's Creation: Day for People with Special Skills
2 Samuel 9:1-13
v 8-10 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.”
There are over 7 billion people on this planet. None of us are like the other. God created each and every one to be unique in our own ways. Our Father made every one of us uniquely with all our talents and imperfections. Each of us possess flaws, however these flaws are not meant to look down upon but rather to use them to worship and exemplify our Father. In the passage above, David is searching for a relative of his best friend, Jonathan. After searching, he was able to find a relative of Jonathan and requested him to meet with him. When Mephibosheth arrived to meet David, he instantly pointed out that he was not worthy of David’s kindness and grace because of his ailments. Mephibosheth wasn’t not able to walk, and he compared himself to a dog that couldn’t do anything. However, David told him that his love and respect for Jonathan was not based on whether Mephibosheth felt worthy of it.
Each of us have our own incapability that prevent us from reaching our full potential in God’s eyes. Like Mephibosheth, we all have that a trait that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving. But David proved in this passage that God’s love and grace breaks those walls that we build with our insecurities. He showed Mephibosheth that despite his own insecurities about himself, he was still seen as someone valuable in his eyes. This passage reminds us too be aware of the insecurities that the people around us might have before we judge them. It also reminds us that our insecurities can be used to praise our God and understand the people around us.
Father, I pray that you will help us to always live our lives for you. I pray that we will not let our insecurities of ourselves prevent us from reaching our full potential in your eyes. I pray that we may be able to help each other to overcome anything that prevents us to be who you have created us to become.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.” -Unknown
Sheena Thomas, Long Island Mar Thoma Church, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church