People Aren’t Object Lessons

personhood

You are a beloved child of God:

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16.)

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6 Responses to People Aren’t Object Lessons

  1. Your meme reminded me of a post I wrote about the desire within each of us to have our humanity validated by those around us. I asked the question, “Do our words and actions make others feel validated as human beings or do they end up feeling as if they are an issue to be addressed or a problem to be solved?”

  2. A lack of grounding in God’s Love at the core of a person’s being is the source of much suffering. The fundamental experience of this Love is essential for happiness. Parents have a key role in providing children a doorway to this Love.

    • Tim says:

      Parents can do much to show their children that they are loved as people God created, and that in turn leads to children growing up into people who love people too.

  3. Jeannie says:

    Of course I immediately thought of that Piper post you linked a while back, about the misbehaving kid on the plane. Perfect example of using someone as an object lesson.

    • Tim says:

      I hadn’t made that connection, Jeannie, but you’re right. His article relied on people he didn’t know and using them as object lessons rather than relating to them as people.

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