If you are not a mother, think of your mother, grandmother, or your "other mother" or your favorite niece or nephew. Before my first child was born, I already could not imagine how I could love something so much! The moment I saw Sarah I fell more in love. There was nothing I would not do for her. When Ivey was born it was the same. I loved them unconditionally.
Now I think you would agree that there are not many people you love unconditionally! Not even your spouse. There are things they could do that would end the relationship. But not my children. I have always told them, "you may break my heart but I will never disown you. You are mine and I love you unconditionally." That will never change.
I am sure that is why God gave us these kinds of relationships so that we would have a glimpse of how much He loves us. When I attended the Walk to Emmaus, a 72 hour spiritual retreat, I got a glimpse of how much God loves me. A glimpse is all I could comprehend. Through the years I see it in all the the blessings He pours on my family. I cannot even imagine how much he loves me. The only way I know how to put it in words is that I know He loves my girls EVEN MORE than I do!
We are God's prized possession! Have you ever thought about that? Have you ever thought about how special you are? Have you ever thought about how loved you are? We are treasured, valued, cherished and much loved!
God lovingly created you and me. We are no accident. And He made us to be us, not someone else. He chose our character, our nature, our skills, our gifts and our abilities. No one else is like us. He truly threw that mold away! We are wonderfully and specifically created by God and for God. We can trust Him completely. He cares for us, watches over us, wants the best for us and protects us. If we believe we are His prized possession we no longer need to compare ourselves with others. We should not think too high or too low of ourselves. Our behavior changes because we want to honor God. I found The Message paraphrase of Galatians 5: 4-5 and I like how it was worded. It says, "Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." And the really hard part of being one of God's prized possession, we have to be conscious of our impact on how we interact with others. We cannot be judgmental, critical, belittling. We need to see them as God sees them. When we see them through God's eyes we will see their value and worth. We will accept them as they are. We will love them. They too are God's prized possessions. Yeah, even that person!
Are we living like God's prized possession?