As children of God, we all are somebody


The Storyteller
By Rev. Huey Wood

A preacher went to speak for a friend in a remote country church. He noticed that a window pane had been broken, and to keep the cold wind out, someone had put a pillow in its place. To begin the service, the preacher remarked, "I am happy to be here today, but I feel that I am like that broken window pane and that I am just a fill in."  

After he preached, a little old lady came up to him and said, "Oh Brother Smith, your preaching is more than a fill in. Your preaching is more like the real pane." 

You know, sometimes we have trouble giving a compliment. We know what we want to say, but it comes out wrong. But what others think of us is not the most important thing. The important thing is what we know and think about ourselves. What do you think of yourself? A good test of this is to let a room be filled with people when someone calls out, "Hey stupid!" Do you turn and look?  

The opinion we have of ourselves should always come from God. Who does he say we are? 

Another test is to see what we do with a compliment. Let's say someone likes your hair. Some people feel that it's their duty to respond with, "Oh, it's nothing. My beautician can make a monkey look good."  

Why not say, "Thank you. I am glad you like it." You see, we are God's creation. 

Prayer: Father, help us to know that we are yours and that mean we are somebody. Amen.

© Huey Wood