Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Value of Life

Yesterday, I was half-listening to a morning talk show host (Glenn Beck), and he was discussing a woman who had a rare disease, and who had been kept alive for the past several years by taking some medication which cost $1,400.00 per DAY. Imagine that?! Anyway, this woman had been feeling guilty lately, because she figured out that the grand total thus far of keeping her alive was approximately seven million dollars. Taxpayers are footing the bill to keep her alive. The question that had been troubling her, and which caused her to feel extreme guilt, was "Is my life worth $1400.00 per day - am I worth that much money?".

I have been mulling this question over and over again. If it cost that much to keep me alive, would I feel as though my life was worth that amount of money? It caused me to think of yet another question - if, indeed, that much money was being spent on me, how would I live my life differently? And yet other questions then come to mind. . . WHY don't I live my life as if that much money is being spent to keep me alive? WHY don't I live my life to the fullest capacity every day - I should want to glorify God in every way, out of thanksgiving for the gift of life He has given to me. And, in general, why should putting a dollar value on a life mean MORE than putting a spiritual value on a life - as if money has more value than a soul?

What are your thoughts???


At 9:17 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Great post! Reminds me that as Christians, our lives cost Christ everything, even His last drop of blood. That's how valuable human life is to him and should be to us. Hope TP continues to do well and that you are having a good weekend!

Your Sis In Christ,

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Barbara said...


Just popped over for a quick visit and, yet again, I am going to have to say that I will be bcak later and give this post the consideration it deserves.

It is 8.00am and Owen has just left to do his paper round.. do I go back to bed for a hour or do I blog..

Thanks for making me think - I need a few more cuppa's to do this justice.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

We are worth enough for Christ to die for, so 7 million is small potatoes compared to that. I know you know that, but I wonder if she does.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Julana said...

That is a really interesting question and comparison. I can somewhat empathize with the woman, because having a child with special needs can mean you are on the receiving end of a lot of therapies and education privileges funded by the taxpayers.

I think the comparison you make to the price that was paid for us is a good one, and worth spending time thinking about, as Barbara said.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Barbara said...


Sorry this is long.

Hebrews 10 v19 - 22 says it better than I ever can - but the whole chapter is appropriate I think....

Christ's Sacrifice Once for All

1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7Then I said, 'Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, O God.' "[a] 8First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made). 9Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16"This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds."[b] 17Then he adds:
"Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more."[c] 18And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d] and again, "The Lord will judge his people."[e] 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38But my righteous one[f] will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him."[g] 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.


At 10:56 PM, Blogger Mrs. Diamond said...

Awesome food for thought. I like what Darlene said.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger The Gray Tie said...

Amen and thanks for the reminder. Sorry I haven't been by lately.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger bigwhitehat said...

I have an answer for her. "Yes, every penny." "Now quit feeling guilty and go do something spectacular."

At 8:03 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Hi Paula - I've missed you! I agree with what you've said, it is so true.

Barbara - You really put a LOT of thought into this, and I appreciate that. It made me wonder if the woman in my little story is a Christian, because wouldn't she then realize how valuable and important her life truly is? You can't put a price tag on it!

Darlene: Yes, I wonder if she does, too. . .

Hi Julana: I have been on the receiving end at times, too, but not to the extent that you or this woman have been. I think I would feel grateful more than guillty, however - which I think is where you are coming from.

Mrs. D - It gave me a lot to think about, too!!! I hope you are doing better.

Carol - I've missed you, but know that you've been "preoccupied" with a lot of different things right now.

BWH - I know, I kind of wanted to shake her, too, and say the same exact thing to her!!!


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