I spend a great deal of time exploring the concept of value. What, I wonder, contributes to the value of an industrial building? How important is proximity to interstates? What about retail space? How important is the population density? What about local competition? Today’s post is a bit different.
How valuable are people? What is your value? I think a question Jesus asked sets us on the right track. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Interestingly, his question not only causes me to reflect on how I value myself but how I value others. With respect to our own worth – I think his question speaks for itself. It is inestimable. There are no spreadsheets, no multiple regression equations, no analytical tools able to quantify our worth.
But again, his question makes me ponder how I view others. Earlier today, I was looking through LinkedIn profiles trying to find people I could use to advance my own career when it occurred to me what was going on. It’s easy, especially in our egocentric culture, to get caught up in business and to begin to view others simply as a means to an end.
All I can think now is “God forgive me, a sinner.”