"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." – 1 Peter 2:9
From a very young age, I fancied things like vintage hair brushes, dresses from 1963, records, old poetry novels, etc., – the list really does go on and on. There was something timeless and simple about items like these that I admired deeply; and to think there was a story – a life, associated with each item was such an appealing thought to me. However, now-a-days, there are these buzz words associated with using something old, buying used, recycling, and being conscious of the inner consumer, one of which is sustainability. It is “sustainable” to use the old thing, to recycle, and to be conscious of the consumer within. Bare with me as I go off on a little bit of a tangent in order to get to the point of what I’m trying to say.
Recently, I was meditating on what the Father says and I realized this truth: He declares my value. Interesting that I can know this for years of my life, but not truly understand and live it out. As it says in the gospel Luke “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered…. you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:7. I took a moment to dwell on this. If God declares my value and I truly believe it, then is it secondary that every small gesture I part take in has value as well? Realizing that what I do in the day-to-day is valuable, because I have value, drives me to take heed of sustainable rhythms. For me, this started within the corners of my mind. When I get into the rhythm of meditating on what Father says – everything else is a byproduct.