In a study group the other night the discussion turned towards doing. We as people have a very deep and definite sense that our worth is tied to doing. When we get introduced one of the first questions is “What do you do?” The custom of trading business cards is one which proclaims not only our name but our employment and often a job title. Part of the difficulty for those who are unemployed and even for some who retire is that sense of a loss of identity – a loss of worth because we no longer have that intrinsic value of what we do.
In the Christmas and Epiphany seasons we are reminded that while God cares what we do with our life our true value and worth comes from who we ARE. We are Gods child, created and held in love. We do not need to earn worth and value through job title and salary level. We already have worth and value because we exist. It is a value that the world may not see but cannot take away.
I recall my grandmother saying with great conviction, in that you’d better not contradict me tone of voice, “You are a child of God and God DOES NOT MAKE JUNK!”