Just the other day I was walking from the back part of the house toward the kitchen. When I stepped into the den my grandson, Rory jumped up and ran into the kitchen shouting, “Nana! Nana! I found Papa!”
Of course, I didn’t know I was lost, but it was nice being missed and discovered.
It was Mother Teresa who said:
“In these twenty years of work amongst the people, I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Nowadays we have found medicine for leprosy and lepers can be cured. There’s medicine for TB and consumptives can be cured. For all kinds of diseases there are medicines and cures.
But for being unwanted, except there are willing hands to serve and there’s a loving heart to love, I don’t think this terrible disease can ever be cured.”
_ Mother Teresa, Something Beautiful for God, The Classic Account of Mother Teresa’s Journey into Compassion, p. 98-99
One of the things that makes being a “Papa” to little ones so special is the high level of “matterness” you have in their lives. Too my grandchildren I matter; it is a huge deal when “Papa” shows up. I can’t describe to you how that makes me feel.
But let me let you in on a secret…they matter hugely to me also…and they know it.
The reason I am special to my “kiddies” is that almost from their first breath I have been whispering in their ears how special they were to me and how much I loved them.
Already in their short lives I have demonstrated in innumerable ways how much they matter to me.
Matterness is the soul food we are all looking for.
Matterness is what keeps us going.
Matterness doesn’t happen by waiting on it.
Matterness is a two-way street.
Matterness happens when you are intentional about demonstrating and stating how much others matter to you.
You reap what you sow.
- The ONE THING for today: In some way, demonstrate to everyone you meet that they not only matter, but that they matter to you.
Mark 10:14 (NLT)
One of the few times we have a record of Jesus being angry…
14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.