sentiments

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Isn’t it interesting how we attach significance to objects? When there is a story attached to them the objects seem to gain a greater significance than they would ordinarily merit – we call it sentimental value.

This mug is a case in point. It was given to me by a good friend. That would make it significant but there is a bigger story behind it (forgive me if you have heard it).

When I was training at Bible College my friend, Steve, and I were chatting about how God had called us to be training as Ministers. I used the following sentence: “It was while David Coffey was my Minister that I felt God’s call to be irresistible.”

Steve knew what I really meant, but he was also sufficiently mischievous to deliberately misunderstand and told a number of our colleagues of how I had been called to be
irresistible. The mocking was good-natured and (if I am honest) I rather liked the epithet!
Later on (I think for a Christmas present) Steve gave me this mug along with a pair of socks that have the same picture and words.

So now this mug is important to me because of who gave it to me, because it makes me smile when I remember the silliness behind it and because I cherish the period in my life that is represented by this mug. (I do have another mug which relates to the same incident that was given to me by my erstwhile colleague, Lynsey, before we became colleagues, but that’s going to remain ‘off tinternet’ – you will have to ask her about it!).

I wonder what objects hold sentimental value to you that far outweighs the actual worth: a family ‘heirloom’? some letters or cards sent by someone you love? photographs?

The wonderful thing is that God has placed immense sentimental value on us. We may feel worthless, morally bankrupt, spiritually impoverished or simply tarnished and ugly but when God looks at us he considers us to be beyond price: worth everything.

Jesus told a parable about a man who found some treasure in a field and went out and sold everything he had in order to buy the field and possess the treasure. I have always thought of it as being about how we should consider being his friends to be worth everything. But what if the man is God and we are the treasure hidden in the field – worth giving everything for!

The Christian symbol (the cross) is more than a badge: it’s a price tag too. Perhaps we should all wear one.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

priceless

cufflinksThese cufflinks were a wedding anniversary gift to me from my wonderful wife, Sally: 25 years!!!

You may be able to see that they are made from the internal workings of vintage watches. The watches no longer tick, but you can see cogs, wheels and other tiny gubbins (a technical term).

I think they are great. I like them because they have some history to them even though they have only just started their new life as cufflinks.

I like them because I think they look rather unusual.

I like them because they remind me of the time I have spent in my life married to Sally (over half my life now!).

But most of all I like them because of who gave them to me. It is that which gives them value. To me they are priceless because they are a gift from Sally.

It’s interesting how we humans do that: we invest objects with ‘sentimental value’ that far exceeds the actual value of those objects. I wonder if you watch ‘Antiques Roadshow’ with the same sense of schadenfreude as the rest of us? A person brings in something that has been passed down through the generations and which they clearly hold very dear, and it is valued at far less than they thought. There is a stoical look on their face as they try to mask the disappointment and then we hear, “Well I would never sell it anyway as it means too much to me.” If it was worth hundreds of thousands of pounds would they feel the same way?

Yesterday’s bloggage was about how we are children of God – we don’t just have a new name we actually have a new identity when we choose to become followers of Jesus.

Do you ever feel inadequate? Do you ever feel a failure? Do you ever feel that you are not good enough for God? Do you ever feel worthless?

Do you think God sees you the same way? It all began with him creating you – designing you from scratch – and him loving you unconditionally. And just as my cufflinks have been given a new lease of life (rather than being a broken old watch) we receive a new life, a new identity. When God looks at you, because you were bought for him by Jesus (to use a Bible metaphor that tries to explain what happened when he died on the cross), he sees you as priceless.

Be blessed, be a blessing