What is it that we all want in life? How do we want to feel? What do we want from people, places and things?
Is it Love? Security? Respect? Sure. All of that. But those things can vary in meaning depending on the individual.
In light of the recent sudden and shocking passing of my dearest and deepest friend, I have been evaluating my priorities. My decisions. The way I spend my time. The people with whom I spend my time. My goals, my dreams. The way I treat myself and others. My relationship with God….
You get the picture.
Death somehow focuses us on life. Our mortality, and our immortality. Our legacy. It makes us present and focused on each moment.
When I think about my friendship with Amy, I think of all those things. But, encompassing them all is: VALUE.
I think that may be the word that sums up what we all want out of life.
TO VALUE and TO BE VALUED.
VALUE is both a noun and a verb. It’s a state of being AND a way of being. It is:
- the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. – worth, usefulness, benefit, gain, good, help, merit, importance, significance.
- considering someone or something to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of. – think highly of, rate highly, esteem, appreciate, respect, prize, cherish, treasure.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31
My dear Amy was an example of all these perspectives on value in my life. She made sure I felt valued and valuable – both by her and by God. She reminded me all the time. In fact, I know by the stories I’ve heard, that she made everyone she met feel this way. She gave love unconditionally to all, and had enough to go around. What a gift.
Let us all remember the importance of value – in every sense and use of the word. Placing value on ourselves the way God sees us, and treating others as valuable will change our lives. There is no greater charge in this life.
Let’s all do it the way Amy did it.
Don’t let a day pass without knowing YOUR value, and showing the ones you love how much you value them. For you are never promised tomorrow.
We sure do miss you. <3