How much is something worth.
Things that are rare have value – like platinum and gold. Like gifted football players.
Things that are useful are valuable – like oil and coal. Inspiring stories. Good jokes.
Some things are only valuable to one person – a photograph, a memory, a song.
Things that have beauty.
We think things have INTRINSIC value. That things are valuable because they are actually worth something. This isn’t really true. Things only have a passing value, everything eventually decays and becomes worthless. There is no treasure on earth you can collect and store up.
There is actually only one standard against which you check whether something is valuable. It is quite simple. It is what value does God place on it. One of Tony Campolo’s books is “Who Switched the Price Tags?” It explores this ground.
You are of so much value, intrinsically, witnessed to ultimately by the fact that God died for you. You sort of get a feel for that fact, but it is only when you accept the gift of that love that it begins to really dawn on you.
It’s a love that makes you humble and grateful, not proud and arrogant. One that grows fruit not briars.