Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's your Worth?

If you had to give yourself a price, to value yourself what would you say?  I know that as I wake up and look at myself in the mirror, I would value myself as an item at the dollar store.  I am pretty average, I've experienced a lot of rejection, I have been blessed with some great things, so I'm not all bad, but I'm nothing special either.  Just a guy in a sea of people.  The last year or so I've been through some things that make me feel like I'm not really that important, and I can just be tossed aside.

Our world values certain things.  You need to accomplish and produce, you need to look a certain way and act a certain way and dress a certain way.  I have actually had people critique me on the way I look and the way I dress, because the world is focused on the things on the outside.   To put it another way, the world is self-seeking.  People want to know what you can do for them, if you can make them happy.  If you are nice to look at or get the things done that they want accomplished, then you have worth.

So what is the basis of worth?  What gives a person value?  Is it social or economic contribution?  Is it performance and production?  Maybe it's beauty or talent or skill.  The reality is that none of these things are yours without them being endowed upon you by God.  God made you, gave you the looks, brains, talents and abilities you possess.  God created you for the works that He prepared before hand.  Now the world will put a value on the works or the tasks, but God thinks they are important.  He created you for those things He's called you to do.

Today, I am not going to focus on what the world thinks I'm worth.  I am not going to worry about the rejection, the hurt and the criticism of the world because I have a job to do.  I don't have extra time and energy trying to please the people who can never be pleased.  I can't spend my time trying to give to those who will never get enough.  I have work to do, I have a job that has been given to me by God.  It may not have a cool title, I may not have a nice office or wear a suit and make a big salary, but those are worldly things.  Those don't last and really carry no reward.  Live your calling, stop worrying about your worth.  It's God's job to give you value, and He has valued you beyond all creation.  Let's just live.

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