“How much does it cost?”, it is a question we ask when we shop. But life is a series of questions of, “How much does it cost?” It all comes down to value. Everything has a value fixed at a different level by different people. What do we really value?
Money is a common exchange reference and in our economy we can assign value to any object or service from a car wash to a SUV by fixing a price to it. Then there are experiences such as the birth of a child, baptism, or wedding that we call priceless.
Everything in life has a value. We exchange our time to do one thing and not another because of the comparison of value. We decide to spend time with one person while deciding or not choosing to spend time with another. We value everything and make our decisions accordingly to the value we place on it.
So, I guess the big question is, “What do we say we value the most?” And the follow-up question, “Does our decisions reflect what we say we value?”
Someone once said, “Everyone has a god (God) and pays a tithe to that god (God).” Jesus said this, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV)?
Every minute of our lives, every dollar of our treasure, and every expenditure of our energy declares what we truly value.
What eternal and true gold are we trading for scraps of paper?
Harry L. Whitt