Heidi Crowter, a young lady with Downs Syndrome was interviewed on the television news this week. She is campaigning for a change in UK abortion law, which discriminates against disabled babies in the womb. Heidi commented: “What it says to me is that my life just isn’t as valuable as others, and I don’t think that’s right.” And it’s not just Heidi who’s concerned. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently recommended that the United Kingdom should change its abortion law to make sure that people like Heidi aren’t singled out because of their disabilities.
Surely every person is precious; everyone is unique. As you read this post today, remember that you are special, valuable, and have great potential. In fact we all have the ability to make this world a better place, even if it’s only in our own locality. We can all make life better for those around us. Consider these words of Jesus:
“Treat others the way you would like them to treat you … ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’
Luke 6:31, 37-38
We can do these things, and hopefully many of us already are. But it’s not always that easy. For hundreds of years humanity has been aspiring to live in peace, but has never managed it yet. The truth is we can’t do it alone, and our Creator knows that. Instead He offers to make us new on the inside, moulding us into the people He longs for us to be, and giving us the power to live a life of love and forgiveness. As a follower of Jesus once wrote:
“When anyone belongs to Jesus he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing …”
2 Corinthians 5:17
In winter dead trees aren’t easily distinguished from live ones, but when new life comes in the spring, the live trees begin to change and grow, while the dead ones stay the same. Do you have that desire in your heart to change and grow and flourish as a person this year? To become the person you were created to be; growing in love and wisdom, compassion and strength? I know I need to change, and I know I can’t do it alone. I need His help to build a better me – and to build a better world!
The desire to change and grow and build a better world is captured in this well known song attributed to St. Francis: