The Value of Life
I ask myself what parts of life are the most valuable. Of course, I have to put my love of God and my love of family on the top of the list. But I also love all my friends, those I have met and those I have yet to meet. To me, there is nothing more important in this life than the lives and welfare of the people I share this planet with. We all deserve to live as we see fit, pray as we want, and marry as we want. Unfortunately, there are those in the world who want to exercise their own wishes over others. These are the powerful and the rich, who think that just because they are wealthy, they can decide our fates.
Only God decides our fates. She is with us always and takes care of us when we most need it, not when we think we want it. There is a significant difference in these meanings. As I look around me, is see that the most precious things of life are near at hand, without money and without price. Each of us has the whole wealth of the universe at our very doors.… This wealth is our family, friends, and others we love.
How we choose to react to this is nothing that we can avoid. We must try to help others; we must try to bring love and comfort into lives that are very dissimilar to our own. How we help others, we are also helping ourselves. I am lucky enough to be relatively comfortable. I am not rich by any means; I sometimes wish I could win the lottery, but money is not important. It’s how I feel about myself that in the long run is what counts.
I do not remain silent on these issues because if we are silent we are ultimately powerless. I try to use my position to assist others. I pray that I can be one of those people who selflessly give my gifts to others. I am a prayer minister at my church. I know that there are people that devalue prayer, but I can feel the difference in people when they know that they are prayed for by someone. I share my gifts as I can, because I believe in life. People who are suffering at the hands of others are lacking a life of freedom and security. I pray that we as humans will look at others and raise our voices and lend our hands to help raise the level of our neighbors.
There are those who have little and give it all; I am reminded of the woman in the Bible who gave only two cents, but that is all she had. She is a believer in life and the bounty of life, and her coffer is never empty, because her heart is always full.
I pray that I can be as worthy.