When I first lived in Belgium, there was no such thing as MacDonald’s, Wendy’s or Burger King. We did have our own fast food chain. It was called “G.B. Quick.” That was the misnomer of the century. There was nothing quick about that fast food establishment.
For me, it was extremely annoying to be charged extra for ketchup. In the tiniest of little paper cups, they splashed an ounce of the red stuff and charged five francs.
I decided I could buy a gallon of ketchup, set up a table outside the door, sell the ketchup for four francs, make my fortune and be fixed for life.
I feel the same way about paying $3.00 for a glass of iced-tea in a restaurant. Do you know how much a tea bag costs?
The problem is, I remember when you could buy a Baby Ruth or Butterfinger candy bar for a nickel, but even nickels were scarce for those who grew up poor.
The blessing in our home was a Mama who knew how to stretch a dollar, to shop the sales, and make the cheapest cuts of meat delectable.
We live in a monetized world. Everything has a price tag. People are constantly assessing the value of their stocks and bonds, bank CDs, 401K, insurance policies, pension plans, welfare checks, food stamps, and minimum wage. We even feel we must place some kind of value on the human life.
Have you ever wondered how much you are worth? I dare say, “At times, because of the attitude of others or, perhaps, our own foolishness, some of us are tempted to feel we are worthless.”
The United States Government gives $600,000.00 to the family of a fallen soldier. The worth of a victim, in a wrongful death incident, is determined according to that person’s projected lifetime income, whether he is a ditch digger or a doctor.
In 1924 Dr. Charles H. Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic and president of the AMA, placed a value on the basic chemical elements that make up the physical body. He estimated that you are worth about eighty-four cents.
He said, with a laugh, “In the human body, there is enough sulfur to keep flees off a dog and enough iron to make an eight-penny nail.” One of Dr. Mayo’s pet topics was the food we eat. It seems our food is of far more monetary value than the body it nourishes.
Currently, in 2017, your skin is worth $3.50 and the basic elements are now worth $1.00. (I spent more than twice that on my hamburger yesterday.) Almost one hundred years have passed and our worth has only gone up sixteen cents. At least we have not diminished in value.
Some of the most popular catch phrases of the modern age are, “I am worth it.” “You are worth it.” We use these phrases in an attempt to get something, sell something or just “feel good” about ourselves. How sad to value ourselves by the size of our bank account.
Thomas Edison said, “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, but from his neck up he is worth anything his brain can produce.
In the late 1960s, pop singer, Peggy Lee made popular the song, “Is That All There Is.” The song lyrics paint a picture of life experiences that never quite live up to our expectations.
The refrain says: “If that’s all there is my friend, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is.
This song implies that you can live as you please, if that’s all there is.
BUT—that’s not all there is. For most of us the value of the human body is priceless, not because of its chemical makeup or even its brain function, but because of the life it cradles. We are more than skin and brain and chemicals. “That’s not all there is!”
Genesis 2:7 tells us, “God formed man out of the dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The man came alive—a living soul!”
Think of it. God breathed His own breath into man thereby infusing his flesh and bones with this inexplicable thing called “soul”—the part of him that lives forever—the thing that makes him who he is—that makes him a whole person—that makes him of value.
What are you worth? God made you in His own image—He breathed into you His own breath. What are you worth?
God thinks you are worth a whole bunch! He proved this by paying the ultimate price, the life of His precious son, for your redemption, and if you belong to Him, the WORD is full of further proof of your value.
You have this promise in Zephania 3:17, “…He will rejoice over you with gladness…He will rejoice over you with singing.” Would he do that, if you were a worthless piece of junk? I think not!
Are you worth it? God thinks you are.
THIS IS NOT ALL THERE IS! We still look forward to eternity with Him.
THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!