The Red Shirts
I don’t know if anyone remembers but in the original Star Trek series the colors of a crew member’s shirt indicated their department or specialty. Gold or yellow indicated command personnel; science and medical personnel wore blue shirts; and operations, engineering, and security wore red. However, the frequent death of the security personnel led to the coining of the term “redshirt”. This carried over into the horror film genre as well. You know…the guy who you knew was going to do something dumb and be the first to go no matter what; or the girl who was home alone and, no matter how hard you yelled, for some reason still felt the need to answer the door (how could she not know there was a mad man politely knocking). These were the redshirts, the expendable people. These are the characters we didn’t get much background on in the movie or TV show because they were not going to be with us for too long. We didn’t find out a lot about their life because they were not going to have time to impact ours. They were expendable and only served a minimal purpose if any at all.
I am so grateful that God doesn’t see any of us as redshirts. I am so grateful that God looks at every single moment of our lives and sees value. Other people may see us as redshirts, family members may see us as redshirts, people in our work places, communities, schools, and neighborhoods may see us as redshirts, and we may even see ourselves as redshirts but God sees each and every one of us and our lives as having value, self worth, and significance to the point He gave His life to preserve ours. Today, take one moment, just one, to think of the value you can add to someone’s life or take time to tell them the value they have added to yours.