Seeing people as special and valuable

What can you do that no one else can? What is special about you? We are now in the season of Lent, which means that we are in a season of preparation, preparation for the celebration of Easter. For Lent this year, as a school we are going to be looking at the 40acts website. Rather than choosing something to give up, the 40acts website encourages and challenges you to put your faith in to action. There is a challenge to do everyday but we are going to look at one every week., this week our thought, or our act is ‘seeing people as special and valuable’.

This is why I started off by asking if there is something you can do that no one else can do. Gorman Persson said ‘a human being is so irreplaceable, so valuable and so unique.’ Yet we don’t often let people know that we think they are special, we are more likely to let them know why we don’t like them. Zacchaeus was a tax collector at the time of Jesus, he wasn’t very popular because he collected taxes for the Romans but also because he took money for himself. Yet Jesus invited himself round to have a cup of tea with Zacchaeus, showing that there was something special in everyone. Jesus wanted to make sure that everyone knew that they were special, he may have told them directly, or just wanted to spend time with them – which was moore than other people did.

This week can you do what Jesus did? Can you spend time with someone that others don’t spend time with? Can you tell someone why you think they are special?

Prayer: father God we thank you that you made each of us special and unique, help us to see what is special in other people and to be able to tell them, following the example of you and zacchaeus. Amen

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