• Truly Valued …by Matt Pryor

    “We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.”

    -Thomas Merton


    The quote above rings with truth. We live in a culture where people are merely valued for what they can “do” for others. The value of a person seems to be based on their productivity or how they can be used to accomplish the end result of another person’s agenda. When we sit with this harsh reality and see how in each one of our daily lives we perpetrate this act on others, we find ourselves filled with grief. How can we not see the value in the other simply for who they are? An individual created in the image of God.

    Here at the Mission we not only view each individual for who they are (someone created in the image of God), we valuethem as well. We want everyone who comes to Haven of Rest to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and know who their Creator is. When the world says to them, “You are not worthy.” We exclaim, “Yes you are!” When the world says, “You have no value,” we affirm boldly, “Yes you do!”

    In a world that is commodity and market driven, the kingdom of God makes no sense. ‘Forward progress and upward mobility are the only ways to get along in this world’ is the message of today. But to those who know and recognize God’s kingdom bursting forth, everyone has value, not because of what they do, have, produce, or know, but because they too are made in the image of God.


    Matt Pryor
    Development Assistant