Like Unchanged Gold

In today’s market the value of gold is running around $1300 to $1400 per ounce.  I remember when this was only $300 an ounce.  What changed about this gold?  Nothing, just its preceived value.  Gold is a mineral found deep in the ground near water where climate changes are extreme.  It is a highly prized mineral and when found throughout the world can cause frenzied activity by so many that can see their fortunes made if they can just get their hands on it.  Gold from the ground, in nuggets or dust, is no less valuable then when it is melted into bars.  It is highly valued — highly desired. 

Yet, we as people are very much like gold.  We are a precious commodity.  Some of us are a little more alluring because we cleaned up nicely through education, experience, or just plain beauty.  But whether we are gold still buried to be found or reflected in a bar (of gold) or sitting as nuggets, our value is exactly the same. 

It’s unfortunate that we don’t see each other as valuable as a nugget of gold.  We just don’t see the preciousness in each other.  We devalue each other with comments and behaviors that are meant to hurt and deface each other. 

God values each and every one of us, regardless of our cultural, national or spiritual affiliation.  You are valued by God far greater then the gold nuggets or gem stones that fill the earth.  Each person’s life is a precious one to God.  How heartbreaking would it be if among your children (regardless of the number) you saw cruelty and debasement among them to each other.  It would break your heart, wouldn’t it?  I believe that this is what God feels when he sees the cruelty and debasement that occurs everyday in this world. 

All God wants from us is to have our love expressed towards him, and to see that we love each other as we love ourselves.  Instead, God sees how much value we put on things and stuff that can so easily be replaced.  A human life cannot be easily replaced.  We are all unique.  We are all precious in God’s eyes.  Imagine what the world would be like if we all lived with this same premise.  That we choose to love each other unconditionally and see the unchanged value we each possess.

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