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Matter vs Palahโ€™

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ [MA-ter]

๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›. something that occupies space.

๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘. to be of importance.

"You matter." "He matters." "I matter." I understand the intention behind the phrase but, to my heart, if falls so flat. This chair matters. Because it serves me, and I will be upset (literally) if it breaks. My schedule matters. Because it allows me to accomplish that which I feel is important.

To have the same word used for both people made in the image of God AND inatimate objects seems almost crass.

Too often it seems that the phrase "______ lives matter" has become a scapegoat for caring. It is removed just enough personal investment that the subject becomes a tagline.

Perhaps if our hearts understood ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘Žโ„Ž' then we would appreciate God's handiwork more...

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ต' [pah-LAH]

๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›. to be distinct, marked out, be separated, be distinguished, to be wonderful

๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘. to make separate, set apart

We see this word in the context of Psalm 139 where we read, "๐ผ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข, ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘’. ๐‘Š๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜๐‘ ; ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™."

Now if THAT were how we as humans view our fellow image-bearers, if we collectively perceived the intrinsic worth and inalienable value of each human being, then this world would see Jesus more clearly.

(๐‘ƒ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘Žโ„Ž: ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  6395)

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