More Valuable Than . .

August 13, 2009 — 5 Comments

Over lunch today my friend and I had a discussion concerning our value. My friends’ issue dealt with her children growing up, leaving home and not needing her as much as before. I’ve had similar conversations with others recently, and it has aroused questions in me about our worth and value.

Does our value come from doing or from being, or from both? As we talked today I reassured my friend her value was still intact and although her role in her children’s lives was changing, she still had great worth. Unfortunately, I’m not sure my words soothed her aching heart, nor did they bring peace to her questions regarding her value.

Driving home I was reminded of the place in scripture where Jesus talks about not being anxious because God takes care of even the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Once home, I looked up the passage: “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” He states the birds aren’t “doing” anything, yet they’re cared for by our heavenly Father. Then He confronts the heart of the matter . . . our value. “Are you not of more value than they?”

I find it interesting that Jesus asks them a question rather than simply telling them they have value. Aren’t you more important than the birds of the air, he asks? Don’t you think there were some people there who didn’t feel like they mattered? Some whose circumstances in life were dictating to them they were without value. Perhaps there was a mother in the crowd whose children no longer needed her. I think He said those words specifically for them! The ones who didn’t feel they had value or worth.

I believe the conversations I’ve been encountering are directing me to a truth He’s wanting to work in my own heart as well. My value isn’t based on what I do or don’t do. My Heavenly Father values me! Our heavenly Father values us! I believe He’s asking the same question today . . . “Are you not of more value than . . .?

5 responses to More Valuable Than . .

  1. That is such a hard concept for most of us to grasp, but such a freeing one! We've talked a lot about that, too.
    Caleb likes to talk about when God introduced Himself to Moses. Moses wanted to know what God did so that He could explain Him to the Israelites. After all, Egyptian gods had a roll to play — the sun god, the river god, etc. And God said to tell them "I AM." Even God describes Himself by who He is, not what He does.

  2. What tremendous insight! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

  3. Cheri'

    I think this is a timely topic. I have heard several of my friends who feel lost because their children are growing up and don't "need" them as much.

    I think they still do "need" us as they grow up but just in a different way. They need us to support and encourage them, to be a friend to them. They don't always want us to "do" for them. If we have built our self esteem on what we have "done" for our kids/family then we can be left feeling like we don't know who we are any more.

    However, if we build our life on being a child of God's and of having value because of that, then that sustains us. We live to serve Him, and He shows us who to serve and how to serve, being his hands and feet.

  4. Thank you so much for your posting Cheri, plus reading these insightful comments! Thank you for opening my eyes in a greater way to the value I have in my Father's eyes. Nothing else should be of greater worth than how He loves me and cares for me.

  5. Thanks for sharing that!

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