relative worth, merit, or importance: the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means… today is “Truth Be Told Tuesday.” Thanks for checking in.
Everyday countless individuals show their confidence in companies and corporations by purchasing their stock. The US financial foundation is built upon the trust and faith of the investor that a company can provide goods and services that meet the demands of the marketplace and prove to be profitable.
In the end, maximizing the value of a shareholder’s investment will always prove to be rewarding venture for the company and the investor alike.
One of the best examples of investor confidence and company value is Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway; their stock currently trades at $184,700 a share. Mr. Buffet’s company has a market capitalization of $304 billion dollars.
That is a “B” for billion.
The genius of Mr. Buffet is his ability to recognize value and his common sense approach to life. The Oracle of Omaha, as he is commonly referred to, once said, “I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.“
Like I said, the guy is pretty smart.
Seek God’s strength & power in your life.
As important as it is for U.S. businesses to have value it’s equally, if not more, important for individual’s life to have value also. How we define value is paramount. Webster defines value as something that has “relative worth, merit, or importance.”
Ironically, for our life to have true merit and worth we must first focus on something other than our own life.
The most valuable investment we could entertain is one that seeks a God-centered and spirit-filled life. Putting God first in our lives frees us up to follow His will for our lives and increases our desire to serve others before we serve ourselves. When we begin to follow God and minister to the needs of others we immediately become of more value to everyone we come in contact with because when we put God and others first we are doing what God created and intended for us to do (Mark 12: 30-31).
“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
– Matthew 7:16-20
Look up to God
When we live life in a way that fulfills God’s ordained purpose for our lives we produce fruit; fruit that benefits everyone we encounter. At the end of the day, I believe there is no better investment we can make than to commit our life to Jesus Christ.
In closing, it’s an unfortunate truth that many people attach value to who they are based on the size of their bank account and earnings. This is a poor and faulty evaluation. People, like companies, have more worth than their revenue and financial gain.
As Easter approaches it would be profitable to quiet our spirit and reflect upon the truth that God created us with value and a purpose, and that He died on the cross for our sins and to provide us with the gift of eternal salvation.
There isn’t anything or anyone more valuable and deserving of our investment of trust and faith more than Jesus Christ. Remember, it’s when we put our faith in Christ, counting on God’s faithfulness, and living a spirit-filled life that we will experience contentment, eternal life, and a life of value.
That is my “Truth Be Told” for April 8, 2014. (tbtt . #51)
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Who is Like the Lord? . Jonathan Butler