Not Just Another Face

The other day my seven year old son and I had some time to kill before his eye doctor’s appointment so we decided to go next door and look around Ollies Bargain Outlet. Ollies is one of those discount stores where you can find almost anything. We wandered up and down the aisles for a few minutes.

As we stood in the picture frame aisle my son looked at one picture and comments, “Well, I know why no one’s bought that picture.”


“Because nobody knows who that girl is!”

“Sean, people buy the picture and replace it with people they do know.”


His comment made me laugh. Sometimes, he blurts out some of funniest stuff. But, his comment also made me think about this tendency…

We tend to have more compassion for people we personally know and not so much for people we don’t know.

And, I realized this was the case for me when I saw the next poster in the People Of The Second Chance(POTSC) Never Beyond poster series.

Do you know who this is? This is Mike Tyson. I have to admit, I don’t know much about Mike Tyson beyond the fact of him being a convicted rapist and the crazy dude who once bit a portion of some other boxer’s ear off.

I am tempted to view Mike Tyson similar to the way my son viewed the generic picture in Ollies the other day. I don’t know that person, why would I buy that picture? Why should I care about him?”

But, regardless of whether I know Mike Tyson or not, I do know one thing…God knows Him. We are tempted to see just a generic face in a picture frame of a person who is guilty of some serious mistakes in his life…but God sees him as something more than just another face. God sees Mike Tyson as another one of His children who He chose to purchase by going to the cross for.

Think about it…if God shopped at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet…He would buy that picture with Mike Tyson’s face on it. Just like he would buy the picture with your face and my face on it.

We are not just another face to our Creator. He loves us and was willing to go to extreme measures to purchase each one of us!

If you missed my post last week, here’s a recap of what this post is all about. Over the next few weeks POTSC will be revealing 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. This campaign consists of digital and print posters and the full collection will eventually be displayed as a touring art exhibit.

The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like and will prompt us to ask ourselves this question…who would you give a second chance?

You can read more about the campaign HERE

9 thoughts on “Not Just Another Face

  1. Jenifer

    Sean's comment made me smile. 🙂

    He knows each face and each name. He loves us all. I love when you said God would buy the frame with my picture. He would buy the frame with that model's picture. He knows that person and loves them. God is just so good.

  2. Lisa

    I bet Sean didn't know what he said was so profound. 😉 Why do we only care about those people we know? The Bible says that all men will know we are God's disciples by our love. Am I showing that love to everyone? Great, great post!

  3. Lindsay

    "…if God shopped at Ollie's Bargain Outlet…He would buy that picture with Mike Tyson's face on it."
    This is such a simple yet profound statement. I love it. Thank you for sharing!
    Found you through the POTSC link up. Rock on, friend.

  4. Heidi

    It's true, we tend to make easy judgments on people and even damn them to hell, but we have no idea what God's plan is for them. Great post!

  5. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    We have an Ollie's here in Dover as well Eileen… They certainly do have an interesting collection of stuff, that's for sure. Lol.

    And isn't it fascinating how the simple observations our children make speak such volumes to us? We absolutely connect far more with those we know, rather than those we don't. Thankfully, God doesn't suffer from that limited view and cares about us all. Christ took our sins on as a "package deal", and none that seek Him are left wanting. 🙂

    Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Carolyn Counterman

    See… it is different for me. It is easier for me to have compassion for people I've never met, because it is not going to get tested. The people in my everyday life – the people who could hurt me again – I have a hard time with that. Learning though. Thanks for the post.

  7. Eileen

    Carolyn, loved your thoughts and I actually agree with what you said. Sometimes it is much more challenging to have compassion for those closest to us. But, I also think society will often not show enough compassion for those completely out of their little sphere. I think we sometimes hold the attitude that "I don't know that person so why should I care or help?" Or…"their problems are not my problems"

  8. Stacy

    As I read your post, I thought of Mother Teresa. When she looked at the sick, the dying, the poor, the outcasts, she saw in each, the face of Jesus. May God open our eyes that we might do the same.
    Great post


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