We live in a society that determines the value of a person based on the presence of specific talents. The economy runs off of this “talent,” and we, in turn, are trained to objectify and define ourselves with economic terms. We may even hear a phrase like this: “Bill is worth over 100 million dollars.” We talk about people being “worth” our time or refer to “investing” in others. We often identify with our work and pay as a determination of value in ourselves and in others. One of our first questions in connecting with others is often times associated with “what they do.” Upon discovering high profile talents or gifts in others we may even come to respect or even covet their life more.
Economies and organizations may reward and add value to gifts and talents and this leaves those with no apparent or distinctly pronounced talent to feel less than or overlooked. The truth is regardless of the world’s slanted and unequal valuation of people that not everyone is talented in the way that might garner fame, notoriety, or an increased salary.
We can’t all be extraordinary by the world’s standards but we can all learn to live a life of love. Rather than seeking fame or working to elevate our status we can learn to mean more to people. Pursue character, sacrifice and become a ministry to others. We all are graced with a supernatural capacity to love others. In contrast to the world’s metrics, we seek to mean more to others by loving more honestly. I want to hunger and thirst for an expanding life of love, not an elevated status. You’re valuable because of God and by Christ’s love and it’s the life steeped in this love that ultimately expresses eternal value.
We should be those that disrupt the false value scale of the world by expressing love and care for all people. Regardless of race, wealth, ability, gender, political persuasion, salary, work, and or nationality, God is love and all are valued in Christ. We need to reprogram our minds to think according to a very different set of metrics. To be clear I am not saying that gifts or talent are bad. I am saying that to conclude our value or to determine the value of others based on talent is not a proper metric. We need to reframe our perspective and reach for lives of love.
“Talent is not a suitable metric; how well do you love?”