“Treat everyone you meet as if they have infinite value because in God’s eyes they do.” – Joyce Meyer
My new writing project has me versing myself with the game of Chess. I have studied the design of the game, the purpose of the game, the logic behind the movements, and the value of the pieces. Each piece, except for the King, is given a relative point value.
Traditional Piece Values
- Pawn = 1 Point
- Knight = 3 Points
- Bishop = 3 Points
- Rook = 5 Points
- Queen = 9 Points
The value of the pieces come into play when making decisions on moves.
Just as Chess pieces are given a value, I think it is human nature to place value on others. Sometimes we evaluate the person and our relationship with them before we make a move; can I give myself fully to the relationship because I trust them or do I hold back; do I feel comfortable around them and can be myself or do they make me feel uncomfortable, therefore, I won’t approach them. These are a couple of issues I struggle with as I’m sure you have some of your own.
In God’s eyes there is no limit to the value of anyone’s life. Their value shouldn’t determine a reaction or action from us. Everyone is worthy of salvation and an abundant life. James 5:20 (NLT) says, “You can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.”
…Will save that person from death. A statement that carries heavy weight in my eyes. It changes my whole perception in my day-to-day interactions. The lens in which I see another human being is different from before. They are special to God and worth being saved.
Every encounter with a random person or opportunity to spend time with a loved one or friend is a chance to plant a seed and share the love of Christ. Whether it be the lady on the street corner selling the Contributor, the cashier at Wal-Mart, the ride in the elevator with a random passenger, the family that lives in the Women’s shelter, your neighbor, your co-worker, your best friend; they all have infinite value.
So my next move is to be an active and bold soul winner. What is yours?