How Much Are You Worth?
The Butterfly Circus is one of the most prize-winning shorts in recent years. A film which is worth the trouble seeing and which should be shown in all of the schools in the world. If you haven't seen it yet, here is the link in English: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MCwlY6zzg.
In a world like ours, in which such
importance is given to image, health and personal well-being, values which have
been elevated to the new altars of post-modernism, Nick Vujicic's
life is an insult. Such was the admission of one of the Internet users in
the video of his testimony: "People like this are an embarrassment to the
human race. The more you talk, the more you shame yourself."*
These words don't make sense from a Christian perspective, but reflect the
reality of the subjects of the "image" god, those who find their
personal value in the physical perfection which they believe that they have, who
worship the body and determine their life's meaning by the models of beauty
which establish the fashion of each moment and culture.
Who or what determines the worth of a person? How does each one of us come to give ourselves this worth? It may be that we don't ask ourselves these questions every day, but inevitably, we live our existence according to the responses which we give them. Therefore it's important to pause at some moment and analyze upon which foundation we are building these responses. In reality it is not that difficult an exercise, for there aren't that many alternatives, either we base our response on the models which society offers, or we do it on the models of Jesus of Nazareth. Society informs us of its models by way of movies, television, advertising and the rest of the elements which make up the culture of each people group. It's there where we find these criteria summarized in (Spanish) sayings such as "that which you have, that which you are worth" or "although the monkey dresses in silk, it remains a monkey". Jesus of Nazareth informs us of his models by way of the Bible. There we find phrases like this one "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession" (1 Peter 2:9), also "Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life" (Isaiah 43:4). Each person is a treasure which only God recognizes as such. If we look at ourselves through Jesus' eyes, we find our true worth. This is the only explanation for Nick Vyjicic's case and the best alternative for each human being, for upon seeing ourselves just as God sees us, we find the strength to do wonders and fly way beyond our frailty. All of this potential is liberated when we approach Jesus in humility and accept Him as our Master. Each person chooses his destiny and lives each day according to his decision. Our world needs people capable of liberating all of their potential, people who overcome their weakness and transform it into hope. Jesus is the Way. Try Him!
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on your ways.
As they pass through the valley of tears, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it
with pools. (Psalm 84:5-6)
*You can see Nick's testimony and the commentary here (in English and Spanish): www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiSJxyjmIss.
- José Pablo Sánchez Núñez (July 14, 2012)