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By Pastor Calvary Callender

loved her little doll. She took it everywhere and did everything with it. Eventually, because of her love for this doll, the family fell in love with the doll as well. In fact, when Mandy grew up and left the house, her mom packed the doll with care and stored it as a keep sake. He tells of a time that they were on a family trip and left the doll, Pandy, in a hotel room and drove some distance before they realized it was gone. Because of Mandy's love for Pandy, the family turned the car around and went back to pick up Pandy.

While this may seem like a silly story, the meaning is significant. You see, this story illustrates true love. There are really two types of love, shallow love and real love. Shallow love is the kind of love that is drawn to an object or person because that object is attractive, important, can give me status, or makes me feel good. We deal with this type of love every day. In fact, we all play the game. We work hard to convince everybody else that we are lovable. What we wear, what we drive, how much money we have, what neighborhood we live in, are all things that we feel might give us value in other people's eyes.

There is another kind of love that creates value in what is loved. We are all rag dolls. No matter how hard we try, how far we climb, what we wear, we are all rag dolls. Honestly, nothing we can do will help us escape the raggedness. Sure, we may be able to hide the raggedness from time to time, but it doesn't change the nature of who we are.

This is why I am such a fan of Jesus. Jesus came to earth to start a different kind of Kingdom. A place where people who get trashed on down here can be loved as if they were up there. What I mean is that He came to bring Heaven to us, and teach us how to live as if we were in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus didn't only come to pay for us to be able to go to heaven when we die, he came to teach us how to live now. How to love each other like he loves us.

Remember, we are all ragdolls. The next time you look at someone, remember that, and try to look at them the way Jesus might. His kingdom is available to us...today.

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