Every single person has profound worth … because every single person has value that can’t be earned or taken away.
Rembrandt’s 17th century painting The Return of the Prodigal Son is considered one of the greatest artistic masterpieces in history. It’s worth millions.
Now, let’s say you’re visiting the museum where it’s housed, and you walk out the back door into the alley. You see a painting has been tossed into the dumpster. It’s stained, and torn, and has dirt all over it. But the closer you look the more you realize that it’s Rembrandt’s prodigal son masterpiece.
The question is, would you leave it in the trash, deciding it’s too torn and dirty to be worth anything? Or would you look beneath the dirt and the damage and realize that the painting is still a masterpiece because it’s an original that came from the hand of a master?
Value is often directly related to the person who created it. The brush strokes of Rembrandt. The music of a respected musician. The creativity of God himself. Human value isn’t dependent on what we’re made of – our size, our shape, our intelligence or physical abilities – but in who made us.
Every person has profound value because every person has been created by the Master.
If you’re questioning your worth and could use someone to talk to, give one of our counselors here at Focus on the Family a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).