Cost and Worth

17 01 2011

Apparently, she was worth it...

Some of you might ask for my man card after this post, and that’s fine.  To me the cost of my man card is worth adding, what I belive to be, value to your lives.  There is a difference between cost and worth; if something is annoying you, bring you pain, it is because you don’t value it. 

In the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” the main character, Rebecca, is in financial shambles and in order to buy a scarf she cuts to the front of the line at a hot dog vender hoping to convince  the vendor to give her cash back on a check she writes him.  Being refused, she persist thus causing more injury to the already insulted hot dog consumers behind her.  In an effort to expedite this process, a stranger (Luke, the supporting actor/partial antagonist), hands her a twenty-dollar bill to get her out of his way.  Responding to her amazement he tells her, “there is a difference between cost and worth.”  Paying $22 for a hot dog was worth getting it in a timely manner.  Becuase he subscribed worth to the hot dog  he was willing to add value to it.

No I am not a hot dog advocate or lobbyist, however I do love me some franks!  What I am trying to convey is this: if a person, friend, co-worker, boss, or pastor is annoying you, causing you grief it is because you do not consider them worth your praise and honor.  However, they will not become worthy until you add value to them!  Often we will convince ourselves that if they were to act worthy of our praise then we would praise them.  But if you don’t praise them now why would you then.  What’s more, you are asking them to change!  If you can’t praise them for who they are why would you be able to praise them for who they aren’t!

**interjection** I am who I am, and when I try to change I fail more than I succeed.  It is always a process.  I require more patience in this stage than in any other.  I am not a special case, we are all the same way when we are in this position. **end interjection**

If you want someone to be worthy of your praise then you must add value to them.  Not the type of value that benefits you but rather the type of value that benefits them!  It will cost you, but its worth it!

What are some ways you’ve added value to others?

What is the hardest part for you in adding value to people who, seemingly, don’t deserve it?




3 responses

23 01 2011
Russekk Dodd

Jesus said it more succinctly, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Our hearts will always follow our actions, not the other way around.

23 01 2011
Mason Stanley

Russell, thats a great add thanks.

What happens when you don’t have the heart for certain people? This is why Jesus encouraged us to give and love those who were our enemies (Luke 6). The principle behind this is that if you subscribe worth to these people your heart will see them as valuable.

So in a sense your heart will follow your actions. You love God so you do as He commands. When your action of giving to others who are your enemies follows your heart for God your heart will change towards them. With out applying the prescribed action of God a heart will never change.

19 07 2011
3 Thoughts on Giving and Getting « Rock in a Pond

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