Fussin’ Over You

She never stood a chance. Her dysfunctional home life claimed her soul at the crib, and by the time she was twelve, the allure of drugs added its own addictive hold. At fourteen, she entered a life of prostitution, following in the footsteps of her mother. One weekend, doped and crazy, she and her boyfriend killed two people. Her weapon, a pick axe, brought a conviction of murder. She was sentenced in l984 and put to death fourteen years later. She gained international attention because she was the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.

Karla Faye Tucker would not have been missed except for a few people who believed her conversion to Christianity was valid, and that she could do more good alive than dead. One of those people who believed was Beverly Lowry, whose story is depicted in the book and television movie, Crossed Over.

Lowry visits Karla Faye because of her deep need to understand her troubled teenage son’s hit-and-run death. As these visits progress, an unlikely friendship forms. Lowry discovers in Karla Faye an unexpected gentleness. In Beverly Lowry, Karla Faye finds the meaning of love. The most compelling statement in the movie came for me as Karla Faye expressed the shocked reality that someone loved her, “I guess there is something in me worth a fuss.”

Immediately, that statement rushed to my heart, shouting a loud truth. This is the message of the gospel: Each person has something in them worth fussin’ over. No matter the coldness of their outer or inner appearance, there is a seed inside that begs the question, “Is there anything in me that counts? Could there be a chance that I, even I, have a chance of pulling out of my sin and into freedom?”

Without this hope, why would anyone bother with ministry to prisons or evangelism of the lost? Without this hope, why would anyone ever bother with you?

The Bible brings alive many stories of people who are worth a fuss. Love claims a soul worth noticing when angry Jewish men bring an adulteress to what they counted on as the “Court of Jesus.”

Instead, Jesus dismisses court while bringing conviction straight to their own hearts. “If you don’t have any sin, then you go ahead and throw a stone at her.” No one dared. No one could. They got the message: Jesus thinks there is something in this woman worth a fuss.

Jesus recognized a life lived in continual defeat when he encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. He chose her. He chose her to recognize the defeated lifestyle she lived and to break free by offering her living water. Samaritans were hated by the Jews. Why would the Jewish Jesus even bother with her? Could it be because he saw something in her worth fussin’ over?

I heard a moving testimony once of a young man who came home late at night, as he had so many other nights, long after his father’s curfew. As he tiptoed onto the front porch, he heard loud sounds coming from the barn. It sounded like his daddy, but this boy knew his daddy would be long asleep at this early hour of the morning. He quietly moved toward the barn, hearing the voice grow louder.

Indeed, it was his daddy, “standing his ground” with the Lord concerning his son’s waywardness.

Deeply touched that his daddy counted his son’s salvation more important than a night’s sleep, this young man’s listened to his father’s pleadings. He became a changed man and eventually a Methodist preacher because his daddy thought his life was worth fussin’ over.

Is there someone worth fussin’ over in your life? Does your daughter’s outward appearance turn you against her inner possibilities? Have you given up on your brother whose lifestyle is far from what your mother had in mind? What about that child in your classroom? No one else sees anything good in him. Why should you?

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden. I see something worth fussin’ over in you.”

Yes, even in you.

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