May 18, 2020

Priceless in God’s Eyes

Photo courtesy of George Hodan and

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”—1 John 3: 1-3 (KJV)

Who doesn’t feel broken in these tough times?  At the very least, we wonder when toilet paper will be widely available. At the most, we’ve lost our job, our health--or even a loved one.

And those masks…aren’t they uncomfortable? (I have asthma and claustrophobia. I also wear glasses. That’s three strikes against me. )

So many aspects of life make us doubt both our current value as well as our potential. That’s why I want to share the wise thoughts of a relative of mine, David Schmitt.

This past week I watched Disney's "Prince of Egypt," probably the best movie ever made. However, one scene in particular stood out to me; when a giant, nomad-priest, Jethro, with forearms bigger than my head, sings a song to comfort his future son in law, Moses. To provide some sort of backdrop, Moses had recently escaped into the desert, and fled the comforts and privileges of his home to become part of Jethro's nomad band.

At this point Moses was severely doubting his worth and purpose in life, so, to comfort him, Jethro sings him this A1 slapper. The song is called, and rightly so, "Through Heavens Eyes". Jethro expresses to Moses via this song that with our finite mortal vision, we cannot accurately judge our worth or value. To do so, we must look at ourselves through heaven's eyes.

This made me think. What do we see when we look at our lives through heaven's eyes?

To answer this question I had to do some digging. I started with the secular perspective of worth and value, as determined by economics. Value has 2 separate facets, 'Exchange Value' and 'Use Value'. Both denote different things. Exchange value is arbitrated by the market. A diamond is obviously more valuable than a water bottle according to the market. Use Value, however, is determined by necessity. A diamond, while stranded in a hot desert, is of less value than a water bottle.

With these concepts in mind, we can come to better understand what is seen when "Looking at life through heaven's eyes". We know we are of infinite value. Being children of the Most High automatically gives us innate worth and purpose. That is our market or exchange value. It is incalculable.

I believe however, that it is at the intersection of these two perspectives, understanding your "exchange value" (infinite) and realizing your "use value" (potential), that you come to see yourself through heavens eyes. It is with both that we truly come to understand, and come to be the person that God sees in us. We come to quite literally see ourselves through heavens eyes.

My Conclusion

Amen (So be it. I agree.)…Do you agree?


  1. Wonderfully written and such an important message. I taught my children to look at themselves as God sees them. They grew up confidant and without the burden of guilt or condemnation. I will pass this on. Thank you Traci.

  2. Carol Graham, thank you for your super kind review! I agree David Schmitt has a way with words. The message is crucial, too, as you said.