How Valuable Are You?

Updated: Aug 11

How do we determine the value of a person? Is it by status? Race? Wealth? Beauty? If they make it to the cover of a magazine (like my daughter Savannah did) does that make them more valuable? How we look at people is radically different from how God looks at people. He sees the heart. "...for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."1 Samuel 16:7

Once upon a timea few heartbeats agowhen my husband was a pastorwe were invited by people in our church to a meeting in another community. We were introduced to a couple who obviously were not in the least bit interested in us. They barely glanced at us as we said hello. They were then informed my husband was the new pastor at our friends' church. The transformation was dramatic. The people smiled and gushed hello as they grabbed our hands to welcome us.

Suddenly we had value in their eyes. We hadn't changed—apparently we suddenly seemed valuable in their eyes because of their new perceptions of our "status". We suddenly became worth their attention. So shallow. So sad.

I am so thankful for that object lesson. I believe every person is valuable and worthy of respect and honour—no matter who they are. The child growing up in squaller is just as much a beloved treasure to God as the rich man driving by in his Mercedes. One day we will all stand before God. All the playing fields will be level—kings will stand with paupers.

God's love and grace and mercy extends to all people—every person is valuable to Him. You are more loved than you could possibly imagine. "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3: 16-17

He gave His life for you because of your worth to Him. No matter who—an unborn child—someone disabled —an elderly person—every variation along the way—from conception to death—you carry the image of God and are infinitely precious. Blessings, Beloved.


About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has taught Kindergarten to Grade 12 in a Public school, Christian schools, homeschool, and in an International school in China. She has four beautiful children...a baby in Heaven...a very cool husband...published three books (A Life Set Free, Mommy & Baby's Journal, and Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp) and painted a few paintings. God has given her incredible opportunities to be involved with short term missions around the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs. Her personal story is one of healing from brokenness. God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show that nothing is impossible when our lives are surrendered to God.  Her greatest joy is to bring joy to God's heart. She  sincerely hopes this blog is a blessing to you. 



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