Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland

GLN UK & Ireland

My Worth and Value – Helen Paris

Today started as any other day. I didn’t feel that I had slept particularly well last night, but it was a new day and I thought I will just potter around.  Our daughter rang – “would you like to come with me and look at the shops in Knightsbridge and to buy Ophelia’s birthday presents”, naming different shops that would cater for children’s gifts.  First thought reaction – “NO” but “Mum it will be great” – oh well “Yes, OK, come here at 9.30am and we will catch the bus in”.  So off we went together, around all the shops she had purposed, Rebekah being very thrilled with the chosen purchases for her daughter, then lunch at Wagamama’s and home.  A great day – it’s a great blessing to be able to spend quality time in relationship and communication with our children.

Why am I sharing this very ordinary day with you?  When I arrived home, all I wanted was a cup of tea and then to spend some time with the Lord and catch my breath.

I settled down and picked up, “The Pursuit of God” by A.W.Tozer, a book that I always have nearby.

I have often struggled with comparisons with worthiness and value of my small contributions to life as many of the women whom I know achieve so much to the Glory of God.

Tozer says, “Again, it does not mean that every man is as useful as every other man. Gifts differ in the body of Christ. A Billy Bray is not to be compared with a Luther or a Wesley for sheer usefulness to the church and to the world; but the service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. His motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 I found this very liberating. My big “NO” (I’m not a shopper) turned to a “YES” and was quality time spent with my daughter. I hope this day out of my ordinary life and the principles that Tozer shares of every healthy choice and act we make is ordained of God.

June 2011
Women in Willow