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#358: What Are You Worth?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." Charles Dickens

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Have you ever thought of what you are worth?

There are many answers, aren't there?

At work, you are worth xxx amount of money in wages. As a customer to a business you are worth perhaps several hundred dollars a year. To your family you are priceless.

Our worth changes with our situation.

Suppose you are able to save someone having a heart attack by performing CPR? How valuable are you to them and their family and friends? Or suppose you tutor adults and teach them to read. What are your time and talents worth that opened their eyes to a whole world of information?

What about the child you nurse as a baby, changing diapers, teaching how to roller skate and ride a bike and later, as they age, to teach them right from wrong and to set in them moral standards. What is that worth?

Often it seems we sell ourselves short. We feel unworthy and frequently unwanted. We do not feel as if anyone could like us or would want to be around us.

But we would be wrong.

That person you help by jumping their stalled car may be on their way to an interview for a job after being out of work for a year or two. Getting that job would change their life drastically. What would your time to connect and disconnect jumper cables be worth then?

To a friend hurting financially, that $20 or $50 gift card to a grocery store may make the difference in whether they and their family have food to eat. What is that $20 or $50 truly worth under those circumstances?

We need to understand that our worth is not based on the material possessions we may have, but rather lies in the contributions we make to others. We must never sell ourselves short. We must believe that we will never be able to put a price tag on the aid and comfort we offer to another person.

Think quietly for a few moments then ask yourself, "What am I worth?"

You may be surprised at the answer.
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  • no profile photo CD7601418
    Thank you! Great blog. emoticon
    3901 days ago
    Awesome! Thank you for another wonderful blog!
    3901 days ago
    Thank you for another thought provoking blog. emoticon
    3901 days ago
    Very thought provoking...we will probably never know our full worth...which is actually fine with me...
    3902 days ago
    Wow Lou, thanks. So many times we take ourtselves for granted don't we. Great blog!
    3902 days ago
    Having been on the receiving end a couple of times, I want to send out a global "THANK YOU" to those who cared enough to help me out with a grocery gift card. Or a ride and/or jump when my car didn't start. And for even the encouraging word or smile when I needed to hear it most.

    Again, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! emoticon
    3902 days ago
    Lou, though I don't often comment on your blogs I want you to know that I enjoy reading them every day. (Time is short sometimes.) Appreciate all of your insightfulness.
    Have a blessed day.
    3902 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/25/2010 10:28:51 AM
    The ripple effect is amazing. Great blog. emoticon
    3902 days ago
  • DOOBIE893
    3902 days ago
    WOW, Lou,

    Great blog. I remember when I used to teach junior high religious education. I never thought I was getting through to the kids. Our RE Director told me that we will probably never see the fruits of our labor. About 5 years later, a young man stopped me on the way out of church. He had been one of my students in 6th grade. He thanked me for putting up with him in class (he was quite the class clown)and told me that he was leaving on the teen mission trip. I think I remember crying that night. We never know how our actions today produce a ripple effect. Thanks for the reminder that our lives have tremendous value.

    Be well,
    3902 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder Lou! I often feel worthless, unneeded, or unwanted and I know it is not the truth, but I just feel that way sometimes.


    3902 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    We never do realize our worth, do we? Thanks for the reminder and the illustrations of the ways we can be helpful and worthy to others.

    I know I am indebted to others who have helped and prayed for me!
    3902 days ago
    As ever, Lou, so thought provoking. I always leave your table feeling like I have so much to chew on and digest, so much to work into my life. Thank you!!
    3902 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us we do have worth.

    emoticon jill
    3902 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Awesome blog, Lou. Thanks for the reminder and have an awesome weekend!

    3902 days ago
    Lou, I often sell myself short where parenthood goes. I really tried to "teach my children the way that they should go," and many times, I see failure all over the place. But really, it isn't true. I spent a couple of hours with my 21 year old, Jeff, this afternoon. I found myself explaining to him that we really need him to stay at our house while we're gone because...get this...we can TRUST him to take care of things! He looks at me with this quirky kind of silly look, and we both have to laugh! This time last year, he was wearing an alcohol bracelet and was on probation! Praise God, Lou, that even though we don't always see it, we haven't failed if we have done our best!
    3902 days ago
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