Worth

“…you are worth much…”

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“As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted.   So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:30-31)

A picture may be “worth a thousand words,” but I’m not so sure this picture was worth the risk the young man was taking as he dangled out the window of his car to snap the shutter.  Signs all over Yellowstone warned that this big grizzly and his relatives were extra hungry and extra mean because they had just emerged from hibernation.

Lent is a great time to stop and ask the question, “What is my life worth?”  Is my life  worth enough to cause me to stop unhealthy behaviors that risk mangling or ending it?  Seems to me we can’t tackle the question of what others’ lives are worth to us until we first answer the question about our own life.  Do we treat our life like we’re worth something?  Is my life worth anything, or is it worthless?  Sometimes folks can reach a point where they think and act as though their life really is worthless.  Maybe they’ve been hurt so much by others that they hear only the echoing of the scream, “You’re worthless!”

Remember this — God has already weighed in on the question about your life.  The Bible shares the story of how time and time again when God’s people acted carelessly and suffered the ugly consequences of their own destructive decisions or were the victims of the hurtful behaviors launched upon them by others, God compassionately stepped in and offered loving re-recreation.

Jesus was speaking about that compassion when he said we’re worth so much that God would take the time to know us well enough to count the hairs on our head (or in some cases the hairs that used to be there.) God wants to take the time to know you at the very core of your being.  God doesn’t want to throw you away, God wants to hold you closer.  I pray that God will help me live my life like it’s worth something.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on March 3, 2010.

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