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What Are You Worth?

By Marsha Jordan

My husband and I collect antiques and often argue about their value. Heíll say, "This is worth $500." And my reply is "It's not worth anything unless someone is willing to buy it."

People put great value on things. I laugh at how much some folks pay for little trinkets such as old eggbeaters or broken toys like those I played with as a child. (Yes, my old toys are collectable antiques now. Isnít that a cheery thought?) A lot of the stuff in antique shops looks like junk Iíd throw away. I wouldn't take those things if they were free - and I certainly wouldn't pay for them. But they are valuable to dealers and collectors, the people who are willing to pay big bucks for anything old. Beauty and worth, after all, are in the eye of the beholder.

I heard about a man who computed his taxes and discovered that he owed over $3,000. He sent a letter to the IRS that said, "Enclosed is my tax return and payment. Please take note of the attached article from USA Today. In the article, you will see that the Pentagon is paying $171 for hammers and NASA paid $600 for a toilet seat. Please find enclosed four toilet seats and six hammers.

Wouldn't you love to pay taxes that way? Obviously, toilet seats and hammers (no matter HOW nice they are) are not worth this much to anybody except the government.

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Nothing is worth more than what someoneís willing to pay for it. Even your worth is determined by how much someone would pay. And someone did willingly pay an outlandish price for you. "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

God values you so much that He paid the price of his own son's life for you. You are, as the credit card commercial says, "priceless."

© Marsha Jordan
Marsha Jordan is a disabled grandmother who lives in the north woods of Wisconsin with her husband and their badly behaved toy poodle, King Louie. After her grandson was badly burned, Jordan created The HUGS and HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit charity devoted to cheering critically ill and injured children. Jordan's inspirational and humorous essays are available in her new book, "Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter," which is illustrated by kids who are battling for life.


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