Ever read one of those “See what they look like now!” celebrity web articles? Especially if the title implies they don’t look quite so good as they used to? Well I have, so no this is not a trap! 🙂 Although occasionally the context can be healthy—like when we’re encouraged not to try to look perfect since no one else can maintain that—there can be an uncomfortably satisfying “this person is getting ugly-maybe even uglier than me” theme behind these slideshows. And if we’re honest, this theme of comparisons permeates our mind in many relationships, whether it’s being applied to the worth of others or ourselves. The resultant damage has been incalculable, so let’s find some healing for this hurt!
Net worth. What a strange term to attach to a human, and yet it frequently is. What’s interesting, revealing, and very sad is that this worth is almost always assessed by an external standard: dollars, career, performance, fame, appearance, etc. One might argue that this occurs because these are somewhat quantifiable—or at least comparable—parameters and because there is no accurate way to determine the value of the human life behind them, but I believe this mindset is very dangerous. Without a more comprehensive, true measure of net worth, the circumstantial and inconsistent parameters above are all we’re left with. Then whenever life (or the paparazzi) takes away your money, job, abilities, popularity, or beauty, you feel worth less. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
But now you never have to go back! There is an accurate way to assess the net worth of every human, and it’s very healing! A jobless John, disabled Danielle, ostracized Oscar, or makeupless movie star can never lose their worth because only one has the knowledge and authority to assign value, and it’s not them or any other human statement or standard. Only a creator can know everything comprising what has been created. Only God can determine your value, and the price-tag he’s put on you—the cost he’s proven he’ll pay for you—is most precious: the life of his own son Jesus (Click to tweet!). Embrace your value; you can’t escape it!
To enjoy more about how and why your creator values you so highly, check out Healing Hereafter, my free ebook series. You can instantly download whatever sections look interesting here. And every time you are tempted to consider yourself—or another—at discount value, remember the only thing you need to know about your net worth.