Value and Worth


What decides a humans beings value or worth?

Is it decided because they’re wanted or unwanted, because they have some type of defect?
Is it decided because they’re male, female Black, White, Asian, Middle Eastern, Native American?
Overweight, anorexic, popular, unpopular, attractive, unattractive, successful, unsuccessful?
Christian, Jew, Muslim believer non-believer, atheist?

Are we guilty of a assigning worth and value according to what a person is instead of who they are?
The bigger question is who are we?
We are first of all created by God.
Valuable because we are.
We know this because in Psalm 139:1 David tells us
“Before I was born You knew everything about me. You shaped me, inside and out.”
And again in Psalm 139:13
“You knitted me together in my mother’s womb, long before I took my first breath.”

We have value because God desires that we share in His work here on earth.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are His Masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works before the world began.
Every human life valued and worthwhile to God.
We have worth because God sees who we can be.
Scripture speaks to the value and worth  He sees in us over and over again.
Since he was a baby I have had the privilege to be part of my grandsons life.
I have watched him grow from a baby, to a toddler, and now to a little boy. I see God’s fingerprints of creation in him.
The joy, the curiosity, the wonder this little one has for the smallest things.
The unrestrained, unconditional love.
His kindness and gentleness.
And yes even the independence and stubbornness. His value and worth to me cannot be measured.
And I understand the love God must feel for us and our value and worth to Him.
And while I rejoice, watching this little guy grow into who he will be, my heart is sad that so many never have that opportunity. To be loved, valued.
That so many never have a chance to know who they can be, because of situations and circumstances they sometimes have no control over.
And we are guilty of seeing what they are, not as God does, who they could be.
Before we decide any human being is unimportant, not worthy of our love, our acceptance maybe we should consider this.
Each of us is important to God and we are also important to one another. He even instructions to love our neighbor  as we love ourselves. His plan includes all of us, not just some of us.
And we have to begin a conversation about the things that plague our society and our world.
The division, racism, hatred, misunderstanding that prevents us from seeing who we are.
Wounds that have never been allowed to heal.
Maybe that begins with the realization that all of us regardless of our situation and circumstances, it is who we are,
not what we are that matters


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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