DAY 63: Wednesday 20 May
WHAT’S IT WORTH?
Good morning all
The imposition of ‘unexpected leisure time’ over the past 10 weeks, we have spent these days in different ways. For some of you, life has changed but you have still been able to go out for exercise and for grocery shopping which in some cases you have been doing for others who have not been able to go outside their homes. Others of you are living through much stricter measures where you have not been able to leave home for so long but now the restrictions are being eased little by little so it can be said ‘there is now light at the end of the tunnel’.
I know how some of you have been spending your days – many of you have spent many hours in your gardens, others have embarked on major Spring cleaning exercises, and I know a few have spent your time reading and even studying. The one thing we have probably all engaged in is watching more TV, especially on those days that were cold and wet.
Karen and I very rarely watch daytime TV, but when I was discharged after an unexpected stay in hospital some years back, I did pass some of the time watching daytime TV. I discovered programmes about buying houses in the country or in the sun, and others involving buying and selling antiques. The question repeated in these programmes seems to be ‘what do you think it’s worth?’ What a surprise to discover the old vase left by Auntie Flo, or the quirky painted tea-set bought for a few coins at a car boot sale, turned out to be worth hundreds or thousands of pounds.
TV programme makers love to film the reaction and amazement of people who own something but have never recognised its true value.
And when we are thinking of selling or changing a car or a house, one of the leading questions we ask is with regard to any part-exchange is ‘what’s it worth.’ Concluding a deal depends on getting the ‘right price’ for what we are part-exchanging and if we’re not being offered what we think it’s worth, then the deal can fall through.
Then we say of people that they are ‘priceless’ sometimes in jest, but often we are serious. People will say they would give anything for a loved one to be restored to health, or we will go the extra mile for someone ‘because they’re worth it.’ There are even people who have donated their own living organs to someone to enable them to live. ‘Worth’ is subjective, something others may consider worthless could be something I value greatly.
Yet despite the dreams and aspirations to own an object of great value, many people fail to recognise their own value. The consumer culture brainwashes us into believing that ‘worth’ is measured in what we own, how much we have in the bank, our career success, where we live or what we drive, and even who our parents were. The pernicious effect of this categorisation of worth is that people who have few possessions or money, are unemployed or homeless, or who grew up from a ‘broken family’ - these people begin to believe they must be worthless.
And I find it’s not limited to those who are economically most deprived - I meet people who are comparatively financially ‘comfortable’ and yet still carry a burden of low self-esteem.
If we measure our worth only by the standards of this world, we will never be satisfied. We regularly hear and read of celebrity figures who have experienced extreme loneliness? How many millionaires feel financially secure yet never find real peace and contentment in their lives? The answer to low self-esteem is to seek a re-valuation from the Maker and Designer. Forget what the world tells me I’m worth - how does Father God value me and what does God say I’m worth?
First, God cares about who I am, not what I do or what I achieve. So no-one is excluded from God’s love through mistakes or misfortunes of life, however disastrous those may seem.
Second, the extent of God’s love for me cannot be influenced by me - nothing that I do or say will ever make God value me more or value me less.
Third - just as we take care of our own valuables, God values us so highly that He saves and protects us.
Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Zephaniah 3:17 - The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty One who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.”
So from God’s perspective, I am supremely valuable and precious. After all, God paid the ultimate price to get me back even though I thought I didn’t need God anymore. Although I may have given up on God, He never gives up on me because He recognises my eternal value.
Yesterday afternoon we learned that Sheila is due to have her open-heart surgery today, Wednesday.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
A pastor went out one Saturday to visit some church members. At one house, it was obvious that someone was home, but nobody came to the door even though he knocked several times.
So the pastor took out his visiting card, wrote out "Revelation 3:20" on the back of it, and pushed it through the door.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me. - Revelation 3:20
The next day at the Sunday service, the card turned up in the collection. Below the pastor's message was written – “Genesis 3:10”.
I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. - Genesis 3:10
Enjoy the warm weather today