Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Men, we are geared and wired for success.
Like a Terminator that is focused on one sole mission, we are wired to win and to win at all costs. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to win of course, I personally don’t like to lose and I had a few red cards to prove it. But, there is something wrong with trying so hard to win that you end up losing your value with the team. I hurt my team by my actions and I hurt them by not being able to be on the field with them. Try looking your teammates in the eye as they walk off the field completely worn out because they had to play 10 on 11 for almost an entire game. It’s not fun.
The greatest value that you will have will be the value that you have with your family. There is nothing greater than having a wife who admires you and a child who adores you. Of course, those feelings can quickly be lost when you forget to take out the trash for a week or when you go on your “dad joke” rampage and realize that you are the most boring comedian since Jerry Seinfeld. Uh oh! I just dissed on Seinfeld! Sorry men, I just never found him to be funny. But all “jokes” aside, we are valuable to our families. And we are valuable to God.
Do you know that we serve a God who loves us unconditionally? John 3:16 is an oft quoted passage of Scripture that tells us that God loves us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His one and only son for us. I know, that is hard for me to fathom as well, but God did it because God is love and His love is unconditional.
To the dad that has to work more hours than he would like just so his family can have food, shelter, and clothing; you are valuable.
To the man who is currently willing to lay down his life for us so that we could have freedom; you are valuable.
To the dad who only gets to see his kids on the weekends; you are valuable.
To the man who is behind bars wishing that he could take it all back; you are valuable.
To the dad who stays home with the kids so your wife can pursue her career; you are valuable.
To the man who has yet to know Jesus on a personal level; you are valuable.
To the widower who now lives with his memories; you are valuable, and to every man who gets up every morning and puts one foot in front of the other just to make a honest living; you are valuable.
The value of an item is determined by how much it is worth. You are more valuable than any monetary amount or title that this world gives you. God sees the value in your life every single day. You may not feel it and you may not see it but God does and He says, “You are valuable.”
Jamie Zirkle currently resides with his wife and son in his hometown of Winchester, VA. He is licensed with the Assemblies of God. Jamie continues to serve as a lay leader in Victory Church while he waits on God to open the next ministry opportunity for him. You can read more articles from Jamie at his blog (http://jamiezirkle.wordpress.com/) and connect with him on LinkedIn