Oscar Wilde coined the phrase, and had one of his characters in his play Lady Windermere’s Fan say: “He knew, the price of everything and the value of nothing”. This saying seems even more accurate in today’s society! I was caught out on this recently, when I reviewed some concrete that was laid down! The full story is featured in the broadcast. To listen to it – click here
Aside from concrete, yep you need to listen to the broadcast! – it might be that you remember the price of many things in your home and when asked by a friend you can relay it, along with where it was bought and its history. It is easy to get caught up with placing values on things and indeed on people. Perhaps this is where judgement rears its ugly head?
Have you ever judged a person on their success or prominence? The BBC have recently released the salaries of their radio stars and we were told how much money the big, household names are worth. This produced much debate and in some cases anger at the amounts awarded, in comparison to other professionals in less high profile positions.
I wondered how else could value be measured?
- Time – the amount of time given to something and someone shows how much it is valued. This can be hobbies and relationships.
- Profit or Success – a measure of value to whether something is continued with.
- Money – the easiest way to give a valuation as others recognise its worth. It does need to be remembered, as Shakespeare pointed out, that beauty can be in the eye of the beholder! One person’s assessment of value is another’s dismissal of the same!
- Growth – watching something or someone grow can increase their value, as your investment in them takes into account longevity.
- Love – this is the measure I think God uses. He is love and gives it to us, whether we deserve it or not.
Using Love as a measure to value – perhaps we could become more God-like in our approach?
If we looked through God’s eyes when we came to give a valuation, I wonder what would we see? If the measure we used were one of love, what would it say? Perhaps this is something we need to do some more training in!
What do you think? Let me know today.
Listen to the broadcast in association with this blog – you want to know the value of concrete right?
For physical training is of some value,
but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
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