Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25, 2010 - The Value of a Player

This week’s devo takes a bit of a break from my typical daily attempt at practical applications and delves into philosophy – how we view life.

A couple of questions for you to ponder:
1. Is a big player more important than a small player? In other words is value only based upon size?
2. Is a player closer to the goal more important than a player further out on the floor? In other words is value based upon location?

The answer to these questions is “no.” The size or location of a player is not what gives him value. The value is in the player filling his role for the team – whatever that role may be. There is intrinsic value in putting on the uniform.

Let me move away from the philosophy portion to the news. The past couple of weeks have carried horrible news of death due to the earthquake in Haiti - over 150,000 deaths as of the last count. It is difficult to see the pain and suffering. It is hard to think of kids losing their lives.

The news also brought the story of a young man that played basketball at the University of Southern Indiana (in my hometown) that passed away after collapsing in a game. He died due to a heart condition.

The reason these types of stories are so gut wrenching is because we know people were unable to carry out their roles as part of Team Humanity.

My prayers and thoughts are with all of those that are touched by these tragic events. Yet I also feel compelled to talk about some others that have lost their chance to fill their roles in society.

Yesterday was a day set aside to celebrate the sanctity of human life. We live in a world that tries to assess value based upon size and location. Because babies in the womb are small and temporarily reside in a womb it is taught they have no value. Once they travel 12-18 inches down the birth canal they supposedly become human. Yet Biblically there is intrinsic value in being made in the image of God. There is individual intrinsic value in having one’s own genetic code. There is intrinsic value in wearing a human “uniform.”

As horrible as the events of the news have been, let’s not lose sight of another issue. There will be around 125,000 abortions performed around the world today - “players” that never get the chance to play their roles.

Please pray and consider how you can and will be an advocate for the innocent.

Proverbs 6:
16 These six things the LORD hates,

Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

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