The word "value" can be applied in two different ways when it comes to business versus an individual. In business, adding value is used to improve its quality and to increase revenue by offering better products or services to its customers. In contrast, an individual's value has already been established and settled before they were born. "Before I formed you in the belly I knew you and before you came out the womb, I set you apart..." (Jeremiah 1:5). In other words, your value is not performance-based. Regardless of your imperfections, you are valuable because you were created to bear the image of God. You are a reflection of the Creator's heart, so you are valuable without having to lift a finger. See yourself as such, regardless of your flaws and failures.
Unfortunately, society links false ideas to personal value. The meaning of value, as it applies to the world of business, is mistakenly applied to women. Contrary to popular belief, your worth is not based on your body type, the clothes you wear, the length of your hair, your financial status, or the car you drive. You are valuable just as you are, imperfections and all!
When you recognize your own value, instead of trying to measure up to erroneous meanings of value by pursuing superficial qualities, you are grounded in knowing who you are, whose you are, and what you can accomplish. Ladies, you are the crown of all creation. You have been gifted with the qualities that reflect God's glory and His beauty. Through your Creator, you can do the impossible.
You are valuable...just as you are!
Life is meant for community, connecting, sharing, discovering, exploring, building, expanding, mastering, improving, enhancing, beautifying, bearing the burdens of others to help those that cannot help themselves, loving, and giving.
In other words, the meaning of life is to be productive in everything you do. Expand, multiply and increase all of the good you generate. Share it with the world to make it better.
The purpose it serves is to bring uninterrupted renewal, restoration and development to people for continued progress around the world. Although there are forces and individuals that will always oppose these efforts, we are to stay focused on making advancements in lifting people up in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, and nations.
“No individual has any right to come into this world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”
- Dr. George Washington Carver
What that means for the individual is that the meaning of life is to discover your own skills and talents. Then discover what burdens you have for society. What do you want to make better in the world that you just can't stop talking and thinking about? Merge your abilities and your desires for what you believe needs to improve, in order to create a solution. That solution you have created results in you having more meaning in your personal life. The purpose it serves is to benefit others.
Ultimately, the meaning of life is never found inside ourselves. It is discovered through meeting the needs of other people. Although our culture continues to condition us to live as individuals only, we are wired to stay connected to people, so we can help and lift each other up through giving, sharing, and selling. We need people and people need us. Essentially, people and their problems give us meaning, as we fulfill the purpose of creating opportunities to serve them through the resolutions we provide.
Alice is an Educator, Coach, Speaker and Author. She loves teaching women how to create peaceful lives through purpose & productivity.