Jan 162007

This article is shared by Marsha Jordan

My husband and I collect antiques and often argue about their value. He’ll say, “This is worth $500.” And my reply is “It’s not worth anything unless someone is willing to buy it.”

People put great value on things. I laugh at how much some folks pay for little trinkets such as old eggbeaters or broken toys like those I played with as a child. (Yes, my old toys are collectable antiques now. Isn’t that a cheery thought?) A lot of the stuff in antique shops looks like junk I’d throw away. I wouldn’t take those things if they were free – and I certainly wouldn’t pay for them. But they are valuable to dealers and collectors, the people who are willing to pay big bucks for anything old. Beauty and worth, after all, are in the eye of the beholder.

I heard about a man who computed his taxes and discovered that he owed over $3,000. He sent a letter to the IRS that said, “Enclosed is my tax return and payment. Please take note of the attached article from USA Today. In the article, you will see that the Pentagon is paying $171 for hammers and NASA paid $600 for a toilet seat. Please find enclosed four toilet seats and six hammers.

Wouldn’t you love to pay taxes that way? Obviously, toilet seats and hammers (no matter HOW nice they are) are not worth this much to anybody except the government.

Nothing is worth more than what someone’s willing to pay for it. Even your worth is determined by how much someone would pay. And someone did willingly pay an outlandish price for you. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

God values you so much that He paid the price of his own son’s life for you. You are, as the credit card commercial says, “priceless.”

Marsha Jordan

Marsha Jordan, a disabled grandmother, sought after speaker, and undiscovered shower singer, created The HUGS and HOPE Foundation for Critically Ill Children. Her humorous, inspirational book, Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter is illustrated by sick kids; and profits from the book’ sale benefit children around the country. The book earned Parent to Parent’s 2006 “Best of the Best” award, honorable mention in The World’s Funniest Humor Contest, and an endorsement from Phyllis Diller.
Jordan’s charity was featured in Rosie Magazine. She has appeared on WGN television, Wisconsin Public TV, and Billy Graham’s radio program, “Decision Today,” as well as numerous other radio shows around the country.
Jordan has been published in several magazines including Heartlight, Obadiah, and Christian Voices. She’s a regular columnist for “My Walk With Jesus” newspaper. She is known as the “Peanut Butter Queen” because she believes hope, joy, and love are “sticky” like peanut butter – when you spread them around, you can’t help but get some on yourself.
Jordan’s dog, King Louie, rules the household with an iron paw and allows Jordan and her rocket scientist husband to share a home with him in the northwoods of Wisconsin.
You may learn more about Jordan, her book, and the charity she founded by visiting her web site at www.hugsandhope.org/
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