the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.“your support is of great value”
synonyms: worth, usefulness, advantage, benefit, gain, profit, good, help, merit,helpfulness, avail; More
I have a few things in my office that are not worth much…to you. To me, however, they are extremely valuable. Maybe even priceless.
To you this Nick Collison poster is worth about $30 from a sports store, or nothing if you are a Heat fan (God have mercy on your soul.)
To me this is a great memory with wonderful friends on a Man Trip that can never be replaced.
To you this is a children’s book, worth about 14.95.
To me this is a priceless book from my best friend in high school. It is also the greatest book ever written.
All these illustrate one point. There is no such thing as intrinsic value. Value must be given, or perceived. Gold is only valuable because we say it is. These items have value because I say they have value. The classic example of perceived value is Tulip Mania, when Dutch tulip bulbs sold for thousands of dollars. Even items necessary for our existence, food and water, are only as valuable as you perceive them to be. If you do not care about eating, then the value of food is zero.
So, how valuable are you?
You cannot derive your own value internally. Regardless of how confident you are, that confidence came from somewhere, and therefore your perceived value is derived from your received confidence. There are only two options from which you are valuing yourself.
This is important, because I speak to people all the time who have self esteem issues. Everyday I encounter someone who has a negative self image. They are not seeing themselves in a good, positive, and to me, truthful way.
Option 1: You are perceiving your value from other people. This is where most people derive their worth. The things people say, the images we see in ads, the comments on facebook all add up to our self worth. This is why bullying is so detrimental. It is not just a matter of negative comments. It is more than that. When we consistently hear and receive negativity about ourselves, we interpret that to be true. Our self worth, our value, comes from somewhere other than ourselves. If I am only receiving negative input (or mostly receiving), then that becomes my self image.
The converse is true also. If I receive positive input, I will have a positive self image. This is why supportive parents and strong families are so important, and underrated. The problem with option 1 is consistency, and human nature. If I base my self worth on what people say about me, then I will have an inconsistent image of myself. People like me today, then I like myself today. People say ugly things, then I feel ugly. Human nature has a tendency to tear down rather than build up. And as a race, we ten to be very fickle. Just ask this guy. Or these guys.
Option 2: You perceive your value from God. You are valuable because God says you are valuable. This is why I am against both abortion and suicide. God values human life. God values you. Here are a few things He says about how valuable you are.
Psalm 139: 13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork (or craftsmanship), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
TODAY: You are worth so much more than you think. God has bestowed value on you. We tend to value things based on rarity. How true!
You are the only you!
You are one-of-a-kind!
You are irreplaceable!
You are priceless!
Others may not perceive or understand your value. Others may be mean, ugly, and stupid. They may say things about you that are not true. They may say things that are not who your are. They are wrong. They don’t understand. They do not see you the way God sees you. God sees the masterpiece He has created. This God, who created the Grand Canyon, Aurora Borealis, and Angel Falls, says those are nothing compared to you.
You are his masterpiece.
val·ue – ˈvalyo͞o/noun1.