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What Are You Worth? by Amanda Davis-Buie, MS, LPC, LBS, NCC

Welcome to 2021! As we enter into this new year, what are your thoughts, expectations, and desires? What are your goals? Are your goals centered around you and self-improvement or around a need to be accepted by others? Do you know what you are worth?

I have learned that this is a difficult question for many people to answer. Often, when I ask this question, I am told - “I don’t know”; “this is hard”; and “ I have never thought about this before”. As you read this, I ask you to ponder this question - what are you worth? Behind our worth is unconditional love. Unconditional love is a deep love that has no limitations or expectations. Unconditional love has the absence of judgment and it is an intentional act. Unconditional love should exist within ourselves for others, as well for ourselves. For this post, we are going to focus on having unconditional love for ourselves as this will help us to understand our worth. Do you know that you deserve love not only from others but also for yourself? Love your neighbor as yourself.....

So, I ask again - what is your worth? I am going to answer this question for you and then share the basis for my answer. You are PRICELESS!

From a biblical perspective, we can understand our worth by examining the great sacrifice our Heavenly Father and his son, our Messiah, made so we can be here today. The Messiah sacrificed his life for our sins, so we can live as he knew as humans, we would make mistakes. Our Heavenly Father gave up his only son for you! Would you sacrifice the life of your precious child for individuals who are not priceless? The act of this sacrifice alone demonstrates the infiniteness of your worth.

Let us now look at your worth from a more secular perspective. Let’s start with purpose - what equates worth? Why are some people viewed as having more worth than others? Why were you created? We all have a purpose, and that purpose varies depending on our skill set. Everyone’s unique skill is needed in order for the world to function in an adequate manner. If we want the world to run fluidly and effectively, we need to all serve our unique purpose in a fearless manner while recognizing and appreciating others doing the same.

When we recognize our worth and the worth of others, we demonstrate a level of respect for ourselves and others. People tend to behave according to what they believe they are worth, and this is why it is critically important for you to know that you are PRICELESS and behave in this manner.

Additional Remark: I have a phenomenal mother who serves many roles. One of her many roles is editor for much of what I write. As she reviewed this post, she shared that it made her think about this quote by Mark Twain, and I agreed that it was very fitting and wanted to share it with you:

“What are the two most important days in your life? "The day you are born and the day you find out why.”

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