WHAT A PRIVILEGE for us to bear a resemblance to our heavenly father. God wanted to create human beings with hearts and minds like God’s, capable of thoughts and feeligns like God’s. However, as I go through my everyday life, I forget that the people I meet are made by God and for God, that people are sacred because they bear the image of God.
My trip to Haiti with New Reality International brought to the forefront of my mind the idea that all people bear the image of God. …
On a trip shortly after the earthquake, I befriended a little boy with a big smile. He was dirt poor and limping from a recent injury. At first, I felt sorry for him; but as I spent more time with him, I saw God in this little boy. I saw God’s spirit in his loving attitude, despite his circumstances. I saw God’s grace in the way he raised his little hands to worship while enduring physical pain. I saw God’s promise in his beautiful eyes, filled with hope. I keep in my heart an image of the little boy. I learned from him that cricumstances, poeverty, physical disabilities, and injuries can’t put out the light of God in people.
Now as I go to the grocery store, the movies, or the park, I search for God in the faces of everyone I see. Every single person is created by God and bears the mark of God’s handiwork. …
Now I understand that seeing the image of God in others is at the core of being a true follower of Christ. God created each of us with care. I’m sure God is pleased when we recognize and treat one another as God’s valuable creations. God created human beings in God’s image. We have the privilege of interacting with God through everyone we meet.
– Lara Landon
devozine, January/Feb 2013
From “I See God in You” by Lara Landon, pages 37-38 in devozine, January-February 2013, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Lara Landon is a singer and songwriter who has written a song titled “I See God in You.” To listen to this song, visit the magazine website at www.devozine.org. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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