Lent 4, Thursday, Year A

Inspired by 1 Samuel 15:10-21

“Samuel said, ‘Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel?  The Lord anointed you king over Israel.’”  1 Samuel 15:17 (NRSV)

Our society idolizes those who are exceptionally beautiful, talented, wealthy, influential, athletic, or intelligent.  Unrealistic ideals are portrayed as achievable or even normal, and most of us are reminded daily of all the ways in which we fall short.  We try desperately to be something we’re not, and when we fail we believe that we don’t matter.

That belief is wrong, because the world does not define us.

Even though we sell ourselves short, God knows who we are, and what we’re capable of.  He sees in us qualities that we disregard or don’t recognize as valuable, and he calls us to do extraordinary things in the lives of other people.  Each and every one of us was created in his image; each and every one of us is capable of reflecting his love, and his love is capable of transforming the world.

Don’t let the world’s unrealistic ideals define you; let the One who loved you enough to fashion every aspect of your being convince you of your worth and your importance.

Let us pray.  Lord of the universe, nothing in all creation escapes your care and attention.  Help us to see ourselves through your eyes, that we may focus our energies on fulfilling your will for our lives.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.