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Just the Same
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I recently attended my 20-year high school alumni weekend. It was great. We spent the whole time repeating again and again and again that we all looked “just the same.” I think we hoped it would become true through repetition.

In the months leading up to the weekend, I was super excited to see where life had taken this group of people I had so completely loved and cared for. But in other moments, I felt unworthy to even go. Several of my classmates became physicians, one is a famous concert cellist who plays around the world, another is a police officer, there are successful corporate climbers, a restaurant owner and then there is me: a mom of two, staying home and changing diapers and doing endless laundry. How could I compare?

Luckily, I only felt sorry for myself for a short period of time before again being swamped by feelings of love—love for my classmates, love for the teachers who helped me become myself, and love for the experiences of high school (the good and the bad). What I remembered is that my true worth comes from whom I love and am loved by. And I’m loved by my family, my friends and my God.

Not One Forgotten

Jesus reminded me in Luke 12:6, 7, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

With my self-worth readjusted, I headed to the reunion. And it really was amazing to see how these kids I hung out with years ago had grown up. See them dressed in something NOT from the 80’s. See how their skin had cleared and gray hairs had appeared. See the paths they’d taken and how most importantly, some of them had come to know Jesus as more than a character in a Bible class – they’d come to know him as Savior and friend.

Looking forward to the next reunion, whether in heaven or on earth.

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