The pumpkins that last week were selling for seven to ten dollars apiece are now on sale for one dollar. If I wait another week maybe they will pay me to take them away. Of course I have to consider the fact that I don’t want one because their use is over. Who wants to carve a face in a pumpkin in November? I could get my wife to make a pie but we can only eat a limited number of pumpkin pies.
I never wanted to write a book because I could never bear the indignity of seeing one on a “Take a Book for a Dollar” table or worse a pile of them.
I have met people with such little self-esteem they feel totally worthless to anyone. One of my students who is 22 years old spent 20 of those years in a Nepalese refugee camp. He told me he never felt he had any value until he came to America. Now he is in college and dreams are forming. Suddenly he has a future. He comes to class totally prepared and sits on the front row. He asks me to repeat things because he doesn’t want to miss anything. It is exciting for me to see him start believing in himself.
If by any chance you might be tempted to think you have minimal value allow me to remind you that the Creator of the universe knows every hair upon your head. He has a place for you in His kingdom. He died to guarantee that place for you and according to Romans 8 and Galatians 4 you are an adopted daughter or son with equal shares in Jesus’ inheritance. That’s value.
Written by Roger Bothwell on November 4, 2014
Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574