A Woman’s Worth: More Than The Money I Make

Have you ever wondered what you’re worth?

Not the bottom line after you’ve add all your assets and deduct all your debts, or the difference between what you make and what you spend. But rather what you are worth as a person.

I got up close and personal with this question when our financial advisor asked us to consider how much life insurance to purchase for me. When I resigned from the Army I became a full time stay at home mommy. I had once out-earned my husband, but at that point I was contributing nothing to our family finances. So we were basically assigning a dollar amount to my contributions as a wife and mother.

We discussed what resources my husband would have to sub-contract should I die. It was a little disheartening to be reduced to the monetary value of my duties – nanny, maid, short order cook, laundry service.

It was even more disturbing to realize the coverage required to fill the void my death would leave in our family was only a fraction of the policy we carry on my husband. And it decreased over time as our children gained more independence and self-sufficiency.

My Worth in the World

That’s when I began to consider my worth in this world.

Earning a paycheck once seemed to shout to the world that I was worthy. Since I wasn’t earning an income, I assumed I wasn’t worth much. But our worth to God isn’t measured in any earthly currency.

He doesn’t care how many zeros are on our pay stubs or how much money we have in the bank or what we have invested in retirement funds. 

The kingdom of God isn’t an exclusive country club for the filthy rich. Far from it in fact.

The kingdom of God isn’t an exclusive country club for the filthy rich. #AWomansWorth Click To Tweet

Over and over again Jesus reminds us how hard it is for the wealthy to see the Kingdom of God. He calls us to give all that we have to the poor (Luke 18:22). Our Savior applauds the destitute widow’s minuscule deposit into the offering while chiding the rich men for their proportionally tiny contributions (Mark 12:41-44). The Messiah says it is harder for a rich man to get into heaven that for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24).

Why?

Because those with earthly wealth too often house their hearts here instead of in heaven.

But earthly wealth doesn’t equate to eternal worth.

But earthly wealth doesn’t equate to eternal worth. #AWomansWorth Click To Tweet

What Makes Us Valuable?

So where do we find our value?

In the things money can’t buy.

We are worth  more than the money we make.

Sometimes paintings are worth more because of who previously owned them. An article about the documentary The World’s Most Expensive Paintings reports, “A painting previously owned by David Rockefeller, an example covered in the lower half of the top ten list, can and does fetch considerably more than a comparable piece without the same ownership track record.” Not because they are more beautiful or the paints used were more expensive or the frame gilded. Not necessarily because the artist was well known or overly skilled. But because of who previously possessed them. 

I have three ragged old oil portraits sitting in my garage. I’m not even sure who the people in them are, but I salvaged them from my daddy’s house in Florida after he died. I remember them hanging on the walls in my childhood home. They probably wouldn’t fetch a dime at auction, but I can’t bear to part with them. They are priceless to me because they belonged to my father.

We may not look like much to the world, but because we belong to the Father, we are priceless in His sight. We cannot add or take away from the price He paid. He paid an incalculable cost to make us His own.

His possession makes us priceless, not our prosperity.

His possession makes us priceless, not our prosperity. #AWomansWorth Click To Tweet

But that also makes us a valuable target for the enemy, so beware of him who comes the steal, kill, and destroy.

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A Woman's Worth More Than Money I Make

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27 thoughts on “A Woman’s Worth: More Than The Money I Make

  1. We are worthy! Oh, how easy it is to fall into thinking that our lives aren’t worth much. There are so many things in this world that can contribute to that thought pattern. I’m so glad God reminds me often how much worth I have in His eyes!

  2. I love the idea that we are worthy simply because we first belong God! The story of the paintings illustrates that so well. Thanks, Liz!

  3. This has been such a battle in my heart and mind as a stay-at-home mom. The world does put value on income. But the Lord is so faithful. My Bite of Bread reading plan this week is on belonging. 🙂 Have a great week kindred spirit!

  4. My husband and I just talked about this very thing. I struggle with this at times because I do believe the lie that a paycheck makes me more worthy. So thankful for the reminder today. Great post!

    1. Ahhh, yes! It is such a tempting lie to believe! Thanks, friend! I’ll keep reminding you, if you’ll help me remember, too! Blessings!

  5. Such a timely reminder! As a stay at home mom, I really struggle with this–it’s hard to remember that I’m doing a sacred work by raising my children. Especially after so many years of earning a paycheck before having kids.

    Thanks for this post 🙂

    1. So true, Ally! Even there, tho, we have to be cautious that we don’t base our worth solely on how well we mother, either. Blessings!!

  6. As I head down the road to sixty (when did that happen?!) I often question my almost non-existent financial contributions to our lives. We don’t have children and my only excuse is my desire to be a writer. And my husband’s complete belief that this is where I am called. But still – the doubts nag. We’d have more if only I had and then I fill in the blank. So, this post and its powerful reminder are a blessing to me today. Thank you!

    1. What a blessing to have a supportive husband! I pray you find your worth in God’s love for you today and always, Joy! Blessings!

  7. Thank you for this! At a time when I’m at a cross roads in my career and might face a pay cut, this is a perfect reminder! Thank you!

  8. Liz, I’m reading this as a love-note from God. He reminds me often to live like I’m loved–valued. Because of my dysfunctional childhood home, my head likes to hang onto lies, but thankfully my heart knows better. Thanks for this heart-reminder today, friend. ((xoxo))

  9. Thanks for this reminder that what makes us worthy is the value God places on us and the fact that we belong to him. It’s so important to hold to that truth!

  10. Liz, I didn’t realize that paintings are sometimes worth more because of who previously owned them. That’s so interesting. And I love how you tie that into the truth that because we belong to the Father, we are priceless in His sight. You’re so right … we are valuable as women (and men too) not because of how much we make (or don’t make, in my case), but because of the One to whom we belong. 🙂

    1. Pretty neat, eh?! So glad I could share something new with you to help you see how valuable you are to God! Blessings, friend!

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