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Chappy’s corner: “How much are you worth?”

Bob, a lawyer came home and found his kitchen faucet leaking badly so he called a plumber. The plumber came and saw the problem. He went to his truck came back with a part, fixed the faucet and then said, “I’ll send you a bill”.  In two days Bob received a bill for $115.00.  He was upset so he called the plumber and complained, “My bill was for $115.00” The plumber replied, “Yeah that would be $15.00 for the part and $100.00 for labor.” Bob shouted back, “one hundred dollars for labor.  You were only here for fifteen minutes!” The plumber replied, “Yep that’s right, one hundred dollars for fifteen minutes.”  Bob now very angry said, “$100 for fifteen minutes that equals $400 for one hour…  I’m a lawyer and I don’t get $400.00 an hour!” the plumber paused and then said, “When I was a lawyer I didn’t get $400.00 an hour either!”

Sadly in our world we often judge people by the money they make.   If a person makes a lot of money we make them out to be more valuable in our society. But if that is true then many baseball players would be more valuable to us than the teachers in our school. But teachers have a direct impact on how our children grow up and not a football player. Being wealthy is fine, but the most influential people in life are not necessarily wealthy.  Your parents, your math teacher or that soccer coach probably influenced more lives more than the wealthiest person in town.  In God’s sight it isn’t the size of your paycheck account that matters, but rather what one does with one’s time, talents and treasures in response to what God and others have done in your life.

Jesus wasn’t wealthy by the world’s standards but more than anyone else He changed the world. And in the Christian faith we see Jesus as the Savior of the world. He did that by giving His life.  As  St. Peter writes You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot (I Peter 1: 18-19) 

God considers every human life as precious and for that reason each of us is precious.  But what we do with our lives can be a blessing to others, especially to those who are close to us.  To illustrate this better let me share the following story: three small boys were comparing what their dads did for a living. The lawyer’s son says, “My dad spends an hour with someone and gets $50 for it.” The doctor’s kid said, “My dad spends a half hour with a patient and he gets $100 for it.”   The pastor’s kid says, “That’s nothing. My dad stands up in church and shouts at people for fifteen minutes and it will take four guys to carry up all the money!”  Those boys compared their dad’s jobs by the money they made, but none of those boys would trade their dad because money doesn’t make a relationship. A happy and healthy relationship with one’s child can’t be bought. It requires spending time with your children. Time helping with homework or playing catch in the backyard, or taking them to dance lessons, and as a dad who can now look back over those years, I can honestly say that the time spent with my family is something you can’t put a price tag on.  Of course that’s just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota!

CH (COL) David Gunderson

JFHQ Chaplain of SDARNG