It was a simple doll made of subpar materials, but that didn’t matter to her. Every night she went to bed, her best friend – this little doll – had to be right there with her. Tea parties were enjoyed, and birthdays were celebrated. Other toys came and went; however, through all the grades and stages of this little girl’s life, this one small, worn-out doll remained. Moved from the bed, to the dresser, and eventually into a box of keepsakes, the now dirty, grimy doll was forever solidified as the most valuable remembrance of any physical relic from her childhood. Even as a grown woman, from time-to-time, she finds herself picking that little doll up and gets lost in her memories.
Chances are, you can probably relate to such a keepsake. For you it might not be a doll, but most of us have a few antiques from our childhood days that we still cherish and place a much higher value on than they are worth. It’s funny how we do that – turning something that isn’t worth 2 dimes into an item we would never dream of parting with. This is just a reminder of how often times value is something placed on an item that is not dependent on what the item is worth in dollars.
In Romans chapter 5, the apostle Paul explained this very principle when he wrote, “For while were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (v.6) He continues in verse 8 by writing, “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” When God gave the sinless, perfect Son to die for the weak, ungodly, and sinful – the extremely high value He places upon each of us was demonstrated. Just like the little doll, our value is not based upon what we are actually worth. Rather, it is based upon the value God has given us.
May God bless you this week as you walk with HIM!