Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Daring to Discover Our Worth
INTRINSIC. Kind of a neat sounding word. One day it came to mind, although it’s not a word I recognized. If I’d heard it before, I certainly didn’t know what it meant. It hammered away at my mind throughout the day so much that I had to look it up.
Per dictionary.com: Intrinsic - Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; belonging to a thing by its very nature.
The child born to a starving Ethiopian woman that’s delivered in the streets and left to die has the very same intrinsic value as the child of royalty.
The bitter old criminal that dies alone in a prison cell has the very same intrinsic value as the missionary that’s martyred on the mission field.
Though I may not have starving Ethiopians or dying criminals or even princes or missionaries reading my blog posts – I imagine you fall somewhere in between, and your intrinsic value is exactly the same as everyone else’s because we were all created by the only God that creates!
We are created equal, with the same intrinsic value – yes. But there’s nothing equal about what happens to us after we’re created. Some of us are killed in our mother’s wombs. Some of us die of childhood diseases. Some of us are victimized by family or strangers. Some of us live normal looking lives and perhaps never reveal our secrets. Some of us learn young to trust in God – but that doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen to us. Many of us grow up to be criminals, and some to be successful members of society – some even going on to accomplish noticeable, great things.
But whether we die young, accomplish great things or commit evil atrocities, our value to God remains the same.
All the things that happen between our conception and death compete to define us – to determine our worth.