Everyone and everything must have a redeeming quality, a quality that justifies their existence. I don’t like bugs but they have a redeeming quality. So does fungus and forest fires. If you removed bugs and fungus and forest fires from the world, bad things would happen.
Buddy has redeeming qualities that you cannot put into words but some of them can be explained if pressed hard enough. His redeeming qualities are his love, his innocence, his humility, his eagerness to please. Everything about him is wonderful, even that cute little stubborn streak of his. Alas, all of his redeeming qualities are not enough to keep bad things from happening. His previous owner was unkind to him, nature and heart worm nearly did him in and now old age is nipping at his heals. He’s gotten old, he’s slowing down and he’s not firing on all cylinders like he used to. His wobble is worse, his tail wag is awkward and his focus is getting sketchy. For all of his redeeming qualities, he’s still falling apart but because of all of his redeeming qualities, I’m still here for him and I will never leave his side. He will leave mine. When (not if) he is removed, bad things will happen to my heart.
Today, someone asked me what my redeeming quality is. Maybe I have none or maybe I am bugs, fungus or forest fires. Let’s remove me and see if bad things happen, shall we?
What are your redeeming qualities? If you were removed would anyone notice?
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Who knows, maybe I’m just here to be used as a bad example.
2 Timothy 2:20
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.