Editorial by Janesta Walker
I love people! I am fascinated by the uniqueness of each person I meet: their talents, personalities, cultures, quirks and mannerisms make each one special. From strangers in the mall or interesting characters at Walmart to family members, students, colleagues and friends—no two are alike. There are quiet ones whose depth of wisdom astounds me and bold ones whose courage challenges me. There are creative ones whose artistic expressions mesmerize me. Then there are the intellectuals whose knowledge boggles my mind and entertainers whose humor lightens my heart.
So many details went into creating each one of us! I think of what it must be like for God when He creates each human being. I imagine Him as an artist creating a masterpiece, carefully selecting each detail that will make us who we are, like no other.
The Bible tells us that He “knitted [us] together in [our] mother’s womb. ... [We are] fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:13-14, ESV). He knows us as only a Creator could know His creation, aware of even the number of hairs on our heads! (See Luke 12:6-7). God says to us, “You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” (Isa. 43:4, ESV). People are God’s crowning act of creation. He saved the best for last and made us in His own image.
Look around at the people in your lives. Instead of finding faults, notice what makes them special. Look for the touch of the Master’s hand. Not only are they someone’s child, they are the Creator’s work of art. Try to see them through His eyes; you will be surprised by their value and beauty.
Janesta Walker is Chesapeake Conference's Superintendent of Schools