Cost, Price, Value, and Worth

Here is the Call to Stewardship from this past Sunday.  Some of you had asked to see it again:

Commodities, things, labor, experiences and gifts all have cost, price, value, and worth.  Cost is the amount of money it takes to plant and harvest, mine, produce, or generate whatever it is.  Price is the amount what we think we should get in exchange for it, which will include whatever profit or reward or return we can manage to get. Value is a somewhat objective, but also subjective, assessment of whether price and cost are in reasonable relationship to each other.  And then there’s worth, which has, to say the least, an unpredictable connection to considerations of cost, price, and value. 

What is it worth to see your daughter’s smile; to watch your son pursue his dreams; to share a quiet evening, after a long and stressful day, with a loved one who understands; to hear an encouraging voice when your spirit is low; and to know you made a difference for someone who struggles? 

When we give our gifts to the ministry of Jesus through the church, we’re investing in worth.  In the church, as in your household, we juggle cost, price, and value, and we try to make the most impact from every dollar.  What we’re going for, though, is deepest and highest worth: for people to experience God’s love, to know that they are God’s sons and daughters, to have hope, to experience joy, and to experience life as God means it to be.