Costs Versus Value

English: Nearly octahedral diamond crystal in matrix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cost versus value is relative to the trained eye or nostalgic nature of ones self.  

One of my favorite pass-times is to treasure hunt in thrift stores, antique malls and garage sales.  I go for the thrill of the find!  Many things are priced very low and hold little or no value…or do they?

Have you ever seen something inexpensive that brought back a great memory of your childhood?  

Although some would consider this piece junk…you have found a treasure…a piece of your life that you hold dear.  The costs low…the value high.  But where was the value found? Within the innermost parts of your being…memory…past…life.

Recently I took my daughter on a “shopping spree”, as she describes in her nine-year old vernacular.  

As we entered the store…everything Paris saw…she wanted.  Reminding myself of my Father I said, “Don’t buy the first thing you see; First you must go through the discovery process”. 

While shifting through used pieces we found many “new” items with the price tag still attached, mixed with antique and vintage paraphernalia ranked well below their value.  We walked away with three huge bags that should have costed thousands for pennies on the dollar.  Why?  Because we took time to look beyond the noise of all the stuff  to scan the room with the eye of the tiger for high-end with low-cost.

Discovery requires a skill to uncover a sought after treasure with much patience for the process of inspection and evaluation of “the right fit” for one’s self.

Applying this principle to our worth as individuals…my mind is drawn to the scripture, Matthew 10: 29-31 (NIV):

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; You are worth more than many sparrows. 

Finding self-worth is an uphill climb for some.

Based on your upbringing, past relationships and self talk…do you find yourself buried down the aisles racked with used and battered pieces that have seen better days?

You must change your mind to increase your value!

Have you paid the price of…

  1. Unforgiveness (Colossians 3:13)
  2. Depression (Proverbs 16: 3)
  3. Anxiety (Philippians 4: 6-8)
  4. Grief (Philippians 1: 21)
  5. Challenges (Isaiah 46:4)
  6. Disappointment (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
  7. Finances (Matthew 6:31-33)

Start your discovery of the diamond in the rough through…

  1. Grace (Psalm 32: 5)
  2. Guidance (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
  3. Honesty (Titus 2: 7-8)
  4. Hope (Isaiah 40: 31)
  5. Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9)
  6. Joy (Romans 12: 12)
  7. Kindness (Romans 12: 16)
  8. Love for Others (John 15: 12-13)
  9. Accepting Others (1 Corinthians 12: 12)
  10. Prayer (James 5: 13-16)
  11. Presence of God (Psalm 46: 10)
  12. Talents and Abilities (1 Timothy 4: 12-14)
  13. Thankfulness (Psalm 100:4)
  14. Wisdom (Proverbs 4: 5-7)
  15. Work (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

As you enter the store of stuff…remember there is a diamond that is shining bright within you that is valued.  

You must live up to the value that has been invested into your being from the time of birth.  This can only be done through introspective inventory of yourself and keeping your eye trained to recognize the gifts God has placed inside you!

Shine bright like a diamond

Sherri Henley is Founder and CEO of Business Over Coffee International (BOCI) with an introspective and inspirational side that speaks to all.  As a media expert, collaboration leader, inspirational and motivational speaker…Sherri speaks to the heart of the matter.  For booking contact the office of BOCI @ 901.820.4469 –


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