Net Worth

Any student of finance can describe the concept of net worth. Net worth is a measure of wealth. Net worth is the sum of all assets owned by a person, minus any obligations or liabilities. It’s an attempt to assign value to your life, and we often fall into the trap of believing that our worth is tied to our net worth.

That’s a lie. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Your worth is intrinsically linked to your spiritual identity. That is the single-thread that weaves your life together and has extrinsic value to the greater good of the world.

You are uniquely designed vessel for the Holy Spirit in this world, and you are given spiritual gifts to use with others to “fight the good fight” against evil forces at work. By fighting for what the Spirit wants you to fight for, you will be successful professionally and personally. When the Spirit gets the glory, He enables His work to be done through you.

Your worth is a function of your stewardship of those spiritual gifts. God’s desire for you and me is to know and use His loving Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Success is the progressive realization of that worthy ideal. Your worth grows as you progressively mature by using your talents as God has apportioned them to you. Everyone is designed differently, so don’t be consumed with envy and jealousy for what someone else has, but you don’t. Simply be grateful for what you’ve been given, no matter what you’ve been given. The human race is designed to be a cohesive team, with the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Dysfunction and discord ensues when we are selfish.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Laws of Nature that should be followed for the common good; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same Nature’s God who empowers them in everyone. We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable gifts to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

That pursuit is a process whereby we must coexist with other humans who are also empowered by the same Spirit, who apportions gifts to each of us as He wills. To maximize our individual worth, the challenge is to progressively transform and align our will with His will, while resisting temptations to derail our progress along the way. There is an ultimate societal benefit to maximizing our individual worth in this manner. That is, we become the cohesive team we were meant to be.

Published by Marc Casciani

Renew your mind. Transform your career. Influence your neighborhood.

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