“Are you important?” The pharmacist locked eyes with me.

Taken off-guard by the question, I fumbled for a response. 

“You look like you’re important,” he said.

“Well, everybody’s just as important as everyone else,” I managed to say. “I’m sure I’m no more important than you are.”

“Well, that’s a good attitude.” The pharmacist proceeded to prepare my arm for a vaccination. “I won’t go on telling you you look like a movie star, then.”

Though I complemented his painless technique and kept conversation polite, a twinge of regret hit me over the missed opportunity. I should have added “in God’s eyes” to my statement of universal significance.

In this world, I harbor no delusions of movie star status. My computer screen reads 9:30PM. I just finished cleaning the kitchen and folding laundry. Earlier, I answered business emails, filed paperwork, ran errands, and managed social media. Hollywood icons have others do those tasks. They also don’t chase pregnant flies around the house before sitting down to dinner, but that’s another story…

Let it suffice to say I’m not at risk of paparazzi stalkings or a fan mob crushing. I’m not well known by earthly standards.

To the One Who made the stars, however, I’m known well. In God’s eyes, the status of my importance skyrockets. I have no light of my own with which to shine, but through my intimate relationship with His Son, I become more than a star.

“You may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

If anyone ever asks me about my importance again, I’ll know how to respond. “I’m not a movie star,” I’ll say, “but I am a star. Would you like to be one, too?”

Christ thinks you’re so important, He’d give His life up just for you. Every day of your life, the glorious Son sends His Spirit to pursue your affections. Relentless in love and passion for you, He daily seeks a deeper connection with your heart.

What will you say if someone asks whether you’re important?