I went with my 8 year old daughter to a mother/daughter tea with her church group. Each girl had in front of her a syrofoam cup, a ceramic mug and a china teacup. Her leader talked about the value of each.....the syrofoam cup: it's not important if it gets dropped or stepped on, it's cheap and you throw it away when you're done with it. The ceramic mug: it's comfortable and cozy and may be your favorite, but if you chip or break it, you can get another one at the dollar store. The china teacup: her leader said that hers belonged to her grandmother and it had been passed to her for being the only girl in her family. She could remember special times using it at warm family get togethers. If she chipped or broke one, she probably could never replace it. It is priceless to her. Then she asked the girls which kind of cup they'd like to be. They all said the china, of course. She said that is how God looks at us and how we should see ourselves. We should be treated with respect and loved like a cherished heirlooms. I looked into my daughter's eyes and said to myself, "Lord, please let her someday find someone who will respect and love her for the precious creature she is!" That is my hope for all of you, too!
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