There was once a kid in grade school who joined the queue to the computer laboratory. Patiently, he waited in line until the teacher told them to move. They walked along the hallway trying to bump each other and laughing about it. As most kids go, he was joking around with his classmates. They turned left to the staircase to the ground floor where the computer lab was located. As he was stepping off the landing, a searing pain shot up in his left ear. Turning around he saw this bigger guy they passed on the staircase. A smirk was on his face as he showed the fingers that flicked the smaller kid’s ear.
The kid, not knowing what to do, quieted down in fear. He knew that more of that awaits at the end of the period. Since then the kid cowered whenever someone stronger or bigger came along. He knew that bigger means a stronger capacity to inflict pain. He knew that he would never stand a chance in any conflict and decided to just keep mum unless asked.
Another kid, a different time. This one was an achiever. He entered the premier state university because of his grades. He was a valedictorian in their high school and an active student leader. At orientation, he kept pestering this classmate that he just met and asked for the classmate’s rank in high school. “Hi, I’m C–, I came from __ High School. I’m the class valedictorian! What about you?”
The said classmate mere smiled and mentioned her name. Apparently C– was not aware that his classmate was just grateful she passed the university. She didn’t graduate with honors and was already feeling overwhelmed just for passing tough entrance exam of the school. C– was too proud of what he accomplished.
Anyone reading this may seethe in anger at the first kid’s weakness and inability to defend himself or at the second kid’s annoying over confidence and insensitivity to other people’s reactions. Yet you may agree that these stories do happen. These kids are some of the individuals that walk among us. One of them may even be me or you. That person maybe your quiet officemate who prefers to work in a corner your office or that team leader that fires up everyone with his oozing confidence.
I know there might be more specific classifications, there are more examples; but the point is that we may live to be the most confident person there is or the most meek and low esteemed individual that we are. We may look at our selves higher or more deserving of merit and praise. At the other end of the spectrum, we may look down on ourself as the mediocre or low strung member of society. Yet to that Someone who is really above and beyond us all, our heads are all on the same line as the horizon. To Him, no one is higher or lower, no one is a servant or a master, no one is above or beyond Him but all are worthy of His love, and attention.
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus… There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:26, 28 NLT
In God’s eyes, we are all the same. Our merits or our failures do not make us deserving or unworthy of His everlasting love. He sees our hearts, our very being and sees all our failures and our defeats. In His loving eyes we are in need of love, thus He went down and saved us from sin.
That is God, He loves you whether you are high or low.