Since I’m a lover of the finer things in life I so appreciate antiquities, and now understand the cliché “the older the better”, or shall I say the more valuable things become over time. Yet, on the other hand I’m also a sucker for a bargain, discount, or good sale, not to mention when something is free I’m all in. I also have noticed the trend of getting more for less. One of my pass times of things to do is going to garage sales. I love the thrill of feeling like I have gotten something for nothing when I’m able to talk the seller down a few bucks or two especially when I know the true value of the item. You see that’s the trick of the game, the individual who has the most knowledge of the desired item will more than likely be the one who gets the better deal.

The fortunate thing is everything has a price it’s just up to the individual who’s buying or selling how expensive or inexpensive an item’s value is. The secular singer Chris Brown has a song titled “Fine China” in the lyrics of the song he says’ “You’re irreplaceable a collectable just like Fine China” as he is describing his feelings about a particular woman.

What I’m learning is, oftentimes others place a value on our worth before we do. Now this can go either way, up or down on the scale of worthiness. Most often those who see us as of no value usually treat us that way as well. The funny thing is that we allow them this opportunity because we too see ourselves as they do, and that is, unworthy or worthless. I looked up the word worth and came across several meanings but one meaning stuck out the most of all is this one:

 The value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held <a literary heritage of great worth: moral or personal value <trying to teach human worth> b: merit, excellence <a field in which we have proved our worth>

What I liked most about this definition is that it has nothing to do with how others value our worth, but the value we place on ourselves. See, what makes Fine China collectable is the time, effort, and material used to create each piece of China in hopes that one day it will become a set. Each piece is meticulously handmade and painted and sometimes hand curved. Porcelain tableware or fine china originated in the Jaingxi province of China. Fine China is made from kaolin, fine white clay that is made from decomposing granite. And it was in China that the procedures for mixing, molding and firing such items were developed.

Though other countries have tried to recreate the porcelain wares but were unsuccessful. Despite their many attempts, they could not match the hardness, translucency, colors and beauty of the Chinese product. This not only made it scarce but also highly sought after. And only those of affluence and Royalty could afford it and treasured its uniqueness and value. Once families own a set of Fine China it would be passed down from generation to generation which meant that the value of each piece would increase with each generation.

The point I’m getting to is as women we oftentimes don’t know or have not come into the realization of our worth. We regularly displace it in things such as people, material items, jobs, family, social status and situations, etc.

Therefore God wants us to know that in his eyes we or priceless and were brought and paid for at Calvary. In Proverbs 31 verse 10 says this: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. When we start realizing our own worth those around us will too. God wants us to see ourselves as irreplaceable and collectable so much so that even when those around us want to treat us as worthless or of no value. That our mere presence will give off such a sweet aroma of priceless value that they will have no other choice but to treat us accordingly.

Now, we too have a responsibility in this as well, our actions and life style must line up with the word of God. Don’t expect others to treat us as collectables when we are living and acting as though we belong on the clearance racks or better yet a knock off. Meaning as it says in 2 Timothy chpt 3 (KJV) starting with verse 5, ” Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

When we know the value of our worth we should act in the truth of it and see ourselves such as God sees ’us like Fine China irreplaceable and collectable. It is then when those around us will also see us as God does.

Contributed by a Regal Realness Reader!