Tuesday, September 22, 2009
How much are you worth?
Do you see this handsome young man here? (Please overlook the pink elephantine ears, they aren't really his.) Samuel had an important question for his father and I today.
His 8 -year-old perfect timing = smack dab in the middle of The Dollar Store.
Samuel: How much does a foster kid cost?
Samuel: How much does a foster kid cost? My new friend in class is a foster kid. He doesn't have a family, Mom. Do you and Dad have enough money to buy him?
Dad: Well, I'm not sure if we do son. Have you thought this through Samuel? If you had someone living with us your age you would have to share your room.
Samuel: I don't care Dad. I feel bad he doesn't have a family.
Me: (Trying to keep my composure.) So, how much do you think your friend costs?
Samuel: He doesn't know. He said he thinks he is free, but he's going to ask his foster family tonight. He's going to tell me tomorrow how much he's worth.
That was all it took. On came the water-works, crying right there in the middle of the gift wrap aisle at The Dollar Store.
I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that this precious child was trying to figure out what he was worth. His greatest desire...to belong to someone who would love him.
Friends, how many times have we felt worthless? Each time we feel this way, God is watching us and wondering how we don't know, why we don't understand just how much we are worth to Him.
Do you realize how precious you are to the Lord? He tells us our worth is far above rubies. (Prov. 31:10) Your value to God makes the Hope Diamond look like a gumball trinket.
The God of the universe bought you with a price, His one and only son. What kind of love is this? A love that cannot be measured. You are worth it all to Him.
Pray Samuel's friend learns this too.
"For you were bought at a price..." 1Cor.6:19