That is a nice horse – what is she worth? Or oh, she must be worth something?
And whether I think the question is rude or appropriate the answer is the same –
Nothing and everything!
It depends, of course, what you are basing your valuation on.
With horses a value is placed on them, in part by their breeding and confirmation, but also by their potential, what people think they will be able to do. Whatever discipline they are looking at, racing, eventing, dressage or show jumping – the horse’s value, ultimately will be based on their performance and their results.
Now my horse had average to good breeding, good confirmation, and a lot of potential when I bought her as a youngster. And the more I trained and competed with her, her value went up but unfortunately, as with a lot of horses, due to injury and a major illness her value then went down again. I no longer compete, and she has signs of wear and tear, and an old injury to her legs. Due to her illness I can no longer insure her because the insurance company paid out, more than her worth, for her last hospital bill! Although she is fit and able for light leisure work, she is no longer fit enough for a competition career, she is getting older and is now classed as a veteran!
So what is she worth? To other people, nothing – set against the cost of keeping her, they would not see a positive return on their money.
But what is she worth to me? Everything, she is priceless! We have now had eleven years of trials, difficulties, communication issues, worry and for the main part a whole lot of pleasure and fun. We have a developed a bond of mutual trust. We have built up a relationship.
How can you place a financial worth on a relationship? It has a worth beyond what money can buy.
Relationship is everything, it brings meaning and value to life.
Thank God that our worth is not based on our performance or results, our worth does not go up or down – we are precious to God. So much so, that he was willing to send his only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from our sinful lives and to restore our relationship with him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Remember, we have a worth that is priceless!
This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up – where you write for five minutes on a one word prompt – today’s word was ‘worth.’