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"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord...plans to give you a future full of hope" Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Every Life is Precious

You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard that Steve Jobs passed away this week.  He certainly led an interesting life and has an equally interesting back story.  He was placed for adoption as an infant.  It's reported that the first family that was set to adopt him backed out because they wanted a girl.  The next couple didn't care and they eagerly and, I'm assuming, joyfully became his forever family.

All this talk about how Jobs revolutionized our world, and how he was the Thomas Edison of our time, has really made me think.  Choosing life, choosing adoption is not just about saving a child that may grow up to do great things in the technology field, or the medical field, or the literary field.  Choosing life, choosing adoption is about realizing that every life is precious, every life is a gift from God, regardless of what that person is able to "give back" to our society.  Regardless of what a person accomplishes in life, every person is wanted by someone, every person is important.

I'm thankful that some good has come from his passing.  The Steve Jobs story has been a platform for raising awareness about pro-life issues and adoption.  Many stories have been published in papers, that have in turn, have been tweeted or shared on facebook a thousand times over.  It's all good.

However, the harsh reality is that there are so many children in the US and around the world that wish just one person would think they are important.  Important enough to add to their family on a permanent basis.  Chances are good that that child won't grow up to win a Nobel Prize, cure cancer, or win a World Series.  Frankly, there are some children who aren't able to "give back" much of anything at all, at least not in the worldy, secular sense of giving back.

Dr. Seuss really did get it right when he said a "person is a person, no matter how small".  It could be changed up a bit for this scenario, "a person is a person, no matter what their earthly accomplishments might be".  Life is good, choose it.


Jill said...

Well said!

Dawn said...

Very true. Adoption is a wonderful gift to a family, a child, and mankind.

Lisa said...

Well said! Every child is a precious gift from God. Thank God that his birth mother chose life and that the birth mothers of your beautiful children did the same.

Kari said...

That is my ALL time favorite from Dr.Seuss! And, really, compared to God's infinite greatness we are ALL so very small- and yet He sees us each as so important and worthy of being loved. Excellent post!

gardenia said...

this is a wonderful post, Jen. Adoption does great things for the child and the adoptive family. As John Paul II said, it is an echange of gifts. Adoption does great things for society but it also is a clear statement that life is precious, that every person does count ! thanks for sharing.

Kim Covert said...

What a wonderful commentary. Thanks for this!

Tiffany said...

Beautiful post and reflection, Jen. You said things perfectly!

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