"And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, ‘Truly and surely I tell you, this widow, she who is poverty-stricken, has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury."
Mark 12:43, Amplified Bible
"Value or Valuable: Jesus' Definition
"Valuable" - of great importance. A personal possession having high monetary or material value. Having admirable or esteemed qualities of characteristics.
What is it that makes me valuable to God?
"What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are."
Edgar Z. Friedenberg
"The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul."
Several years ago, a very severe forest fire swept through the mountainous area that surrounds our home. The day after the fire began, I noticed a fire engine with a crew unloading in front of our house. I quickly told my husband Jim what was transpiring and he went outside to ask what was going on. Upon his return, he informed me that our home was under an immediate "mandatory evacuation order." The wind had shifted and the fire was being pushed toward our neighborhood. I asked him, "Does that mean we are going to leave the house?" Jim said the firemen put it this way, "If you stay and the fire gets too close, don't try and save anything in your house but your pets and yourselves."
As Jim and I looked around the house, we began to think about what we wanted to take. Yes, there were valuable items in terms of what they cost when they were purchased. But ironically, most of the "valuable" possessions didn't hold much "value" to us at that moment. Two items we immediately grabbed and put in our car were a watch that my husband's parents had given him as a high school graduation present and my grandmother's Bible, an old worn-out Scofield Bible passed down by my dad's family to me, because even though I never knew my grandmother, I was named after her.
Neither of these items cost much. But their value was immeasurable because these gifts are irreplaceable. They were given with love. And there is nothing else like them. Add to this the memories that flood our minds every time we look at these gifts and you begin to recognize why no monetary value could possibly be assigned to these precious treasures.
In God's eyes, you and I are the treasured gifts that are worth everything to Him for in His view we are irreplaceable, too. There's only one of us. Nobody else is like us. We are each unique. Individually special. This is why God loves us so much. To put this thought into a more practical perspective, I'd like to share these words by Rabbi Zusya: "In the world to come I shall not be asked, ‘Why were you not Moses?' but God will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?'"
Isn't that beautiful!!? God doesn't line us up and then compare us, one with another. He doesn't put us into groups with numbers on our backs and then tell us, "You're better than so-and-so!"
He doesn't work this way with His children. One of my favorite quotes, that I've shared with you before, was penned by St. Augustine: "God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love."
Considering that to God I am of immense and immeasurable value - then this means I should recognize the worth God has placed upon me. For if I place a low value on myself, it is very likely this is the way I will treat others. There is a Jewish proverb that states: "If a (woman) is cruel to (herself), how can we expect (her) to be compassionate to others?" What a thought-provoking statement this is. The powerful female singer, Tina Turner, herself a victim of abuse and who admittedly did not, at a young age, properly value her own worth, observed, "You must love and care for yourself, because that's when the best comes out." These words reflect those spoken by Jesus who instructed us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
As Jesus watched a poor widow share her meager existence, He looked at those in the Temple who also saw this act of devotion and He smiled on this daughter of His kingdom as He made this pronouncement, "She's the most valuable! She's worth the most. She's irreplaceable! There's only one person like her." And guess what - Jesus feels exactly the same way about you, too!
"I have to be ‘in like with myself.' When I'm not ‘in like with myself,' others won't be either."
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly, it is dearness only that gives everything its value."
"When I feel threatened or believe myself to be a failure,
give me courage to enter my still centre,
the place of buried treasure
where you are, Lord,
and where it no longer matters
who approves of me
or how successful I am
because You are there,
and, in Your presence,
I rediscover the confidence
to be me."
Dorothy Valcarcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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