Dignity - our inherent value and worth as a human being; we are all born with it.
I have heard people say, “I enjoy, insert where they were volunteering, it makes me feel good to be able to give those people dignity.” Cringe. Maybe I have said this same phrase. Maybe you have too. When we understand that there is absolutely nothing we can do to give another person dignity our relationships may change.
I am continually surprised that people open up and share some of the darkest places of their lives with me. Maybe it is to shock me? Maybe they just really feel comfortable in my spa like essential oils infused office? Maybe the space that we try to create at Hope Street really does allow for vulnerability and because of that our inherent, God breathed dignity is revealed and is allowed to shine.
Thank you that you created each and every one of us with inherent value and worth. Thank you that the pressure to have to actually give dignity to another person is off of us, your broken people. Thank you for relationships that change because we have recognized the inherent value and worth that each and every one of us are born with.