Five Minute Friday: Value

“For what we are about to receive, Lord make us truly grateful.”

There’s an irony in that prayer that even a grateful heart is a gift of God.  Even though the holiday has been twisted and commercialized, I’m grateful to live in a country that at least pretends to be grateful one day a year.

Of course, every American can make the holiday what they want it to be.  Whether it’s about family or friends or food.  Or cultivating a truly grateful heart.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday Community to write five minutes unedited on the word prompt value.


Have you thought about what it is that makes something valuable?

Isn’t it it’s scarcity? Because it’s rare? Precious? Hard to come by?

That makes it valuable.

What if you live in a country and culture of abundance?

Where there’s more food than you need?

More money than you need?

More jobs than you can work?

What then is valuable?

Is it time?

But, if you have money, you can buy time. You can pay someone to do for you what takes your time to do.

What if peace and quiet were the scarcest commodity?

What if attention were the scarcest commodity?

What if trust were the scarcest commodity?

What if time and fellowship with loved ones were the scarcest commodity?

Wouldn’t that become valuable?

We tend to value what is rare and precious. It doesn’t have to be jewels or gold and silver. It could be respect. It could be love.

What is it that you value?


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