In the western world many of us are obsessed with attaining either fame or fortune, or both. We strive to accumulate laurels and status. We carefully track our balance sheets and 401k’s. We follow the lives of people such as the Kardashians or Paris Hilton, famous only for being famous. Whether in reality or vicariously, we seek to emulate their lives. We envy the wealth of Donald Trump.
Young girls strive to achieve the image of a Hannah Montana, often encouraged by adoring, indulgent parents. Boys ape the behavior and swagger of their favorite rapper or sports hero. Adults purchase the magazines reporting the lives of the rich and famous or the products that will impress others.
Yes, we are consumed with fame and fortune.
Yet, these things in and of themselves seldom lead to true joy in life. Often the impact is just the opposite of what we seek because we fall short of the “image.” They do not equal worth.
Our true worth is found in two areas:
The first is in the eyes of God. We are His most cherished creation. Each of us is worth more to Him than all of the treasures of earth. Our earthly status and fame mean nothing to Him. We, each of us, is so important to Him, worth so much to Him, that He sacrificed His son for us.
Second, our worth is not what we achieve for ourselves but in what we do for others. Our worth is found in how we fulfill the Greatest Commandment, to love one another.
There is nothing inherently wrong with achievement, be it fame or fortune. In fact it is God’s will that we be productive.
But our true worth is found in what we do with these things.
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