The value of things
Isaac (9 years): “Dad, why is there a picture of the most expensive painting in the world on the wall of your office?”
Shea: “Because its story reminds me of the value of things. Do you know what the value of an item is?”
Isaac: “It is called it’s worth.”
Shea: “What makes something’s worth?”
Isaac: “I don’t know.”
Shea: “The value or worth of an item is determined by what someone is willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it. The painting isn’t so expensive because it is of two guys smoking and playing cards. It isn’t expensive because Paul Cézanne was an incredible painter. Paul didn’t make them valuable. In fact there are many really amazing masterpieces that no one ever gives a lick about.
Once people saw the splendor of Paul’s work, THEY assigned the value to them.
One is in a national museum in France. One is in England. And two are in America. All five paintings are priceless. In 2011 the fifth one was in Greece and a private owner quietly let people in the art community know it could be available for sale. The royal family of Qatar wanted to be regarded as some of the richest people in the world. To be in the Paul Cézanne “club” meant they too were a rich country. So they were willing to pay ANY price to obtain a Paul Cezzane “Card Players” painting. They paid over 250 million dollars. The highest price ever for a painting. Interestingly, most art critics agree its not the best one. The best one is in the French museum.”
This reminds me of the value of things. You and me. Imagine how our worth raises when we understand what was sacrificed for us. We cannot bestow value on ourselves.
No. Our value is determined by what another is willing to sacrifice on our behalf. We cannot work hard enough. In fact we can even be really flawed. When we realize Jesus looked at each of us with such deep affections and worth that somehow He was willing to give his very blood and life for us, we catch a glimpse of our value. To him, no price was too high.
The value of something. Where is it determined? Is it by how hard some one worked at producing an item? No. It is determined by how much one is willing to sacrifice to obtain and protect it.