A sweet friend of mine once said, “Someone may love the poor, but that doesn’t mean that they will want to eat, shop and work along side them.” Her comment has had me thinking a lot lately about how we value one another. What if someone has little in financial gain, but everything in character, grace and love for others? How is that reflected in my own life? A farming wife with dirt under my fingernails, reaching for mosquito bitten children (a bit wild from farm life) and driving a vehicle that is dependable, but worn from wear. Does my wit, hard work and determination allow me these things in a world that expects something more? I’m hopeful that I will continue to add complexity to the value system by which I measure others and how I allow myself to be measured as well.