If I held up a ten dollar note and asked the question, “Who can tell me what this is? And how much is it worth?” You would answer that it’s a ten dollar note and its worth that because it comes from the Government printing press and has the Governor of the Reserve Banks signature on it.
Now if I was to throw the ten dollars onto the ground and stand on it how much would it be worth then? The answer of course would still be ten dollars.
How about I screwed it up in my hand, how much is it worth now?
Or what if I dunked it into a bucket of cow manure?
How about I spat on it, what’s it worth? Yep still ten dollars.
What if someone said that it was only worth two dollars?
Or use your imagination, what if the ten dollars itself could talk and it said, “I’m not even worth the paper I’m printed on.”
You see, the notes value comes from where it’s made and whose signature is on it, not from what’s happened to it, or what it, or others might think or say about it.
How about you…what are you worth…what gives you your value?
What about when you have been stomped on or spat on?
What about when you feel all screwed up… or you have screwed up?
Or when you have had something done to you and you feel like s#*t … (cow manure)?
How about when someone tells you your worthless?
Or when you tell yourself your worthless?
Our true value is not actually found in what others think of us, or in fact in what we might even think of ourselves. Having our worth in those places leaves us far too vulnerable to the ups and downs of peoples moods and emotions.
Like the ten dollar note, our worth and value is found in where we came from and whose signature we have on us.
God reminds us that we have all been created in His image, so that means our worth is secure. It also means we are all worth the same. No one is worth more and no one is worth less.
We may, and should, express our unique personality and attributes differently but our worth and significance is steadfast and unchangeable.
Imagine a world where we lived out of the potential of our true value and we encouraged others to live out of and celebrate their potential. Imagine a world where we didn’t see someone as worth more than someone else and a world where we didn’t see someone as worth less than someone else. A world where we didn’t celebrate arrogance or ignore brokenness. A world where we recognised, celebrated and endorsed the fact that we all had the same equal and profound value and significance.
We all place our worth in something, and what we place it in influences our life more than any other single thing.
How secure are you with where you have placed yours?