I grew up in a tiny town setting. I loved the small community feel somewhat, the closeness of family and friends, but one thing stuck with me through the years, the Knots clan, as the town folk referred to them. 

          I heard early in life that the Knots were bad, low grade, so to speak. Do not associate with that clan, make friends with them, or God forbid, speak to them. There was no explanation as to why. I can only gather that the family was the poorest among us.

          The family didn’t have a lot. They lived in a tiny trailer on the outskirts. I’d always see the children playing in the dirt in front of the little trailer, as we would drive by from our shopping in the small community. The children were dirty from head to toe, always laughing, smiling and having a blast being kids. I wanted to play, too!

          The population of the town was less than 1000 people, but there were churches everywhere. The town was 100% Christian if anyone ever asked. A yes town? Yes, I am a Christian, was the census. 

          I often think of the Knots and why the family was “low grade”. Why were they considered beneath others? I think of the words of James; My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

          We all stand on level ground at the foot of His cross. Jesus himself became poor that all men everywhere would have the opportunity to become sons and daughters of Almighty God. There are no little I's and big U's in His great kingdom, and there should never be any in His kingdom on earth. God has called us to love all people, of every race and nation, rich and poor. 

          Love God, love people.


          James 2: 1-5


          ps:  if Knots from my small town reads this, let me say I love you and thank you for the life lesson,