Imperfectly Valuable

It’s rare that you’d see a penny in our Canadian currency these days. The final penny was minted at the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg on the morning of May 4, 2012 and in February, 2013, pennies were removed from circulation altogether.

In the United States pennies are still in circulation. Now you wouldn’t think that a penny carries with it any great value but that assumption could be wrong. For example, from 1864 and continuing to this present day, American pennies are made up of 95% copper. The exception was 1943 when copper was needed for the war effort. The composition was changed to zinc-coated steel. The U.S. mint, however, accidentally made one batch with copper that year. Most of them didn’t make it out of the mint but those that did are worth up to $10,000 apiece.

In 1955 20,000 to 24,000 pennies were minted where the lettering appears to be slightly doubled. When you’re looking at one of these pennies you might think that you’re having vision issues. Just one such penny can be worth up to $1,800 if they are in excellent condition.

There are all kinds of flaws in coins that are rare and valuable. Some are missing the date. Sometimes they show the age of the equipment and are stamped off centre. Others show cracks and breaks from the die before discovered by quality control. Each one, with it’s flaw, is valuable and worth investing in.

In the same way, every person, flaws and all, are valuable and worth investing in.

In the Bible our Creator identifies Himself often as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. Yet, if you do a study of these patriarchs you’ll find that they were full of flaws. Abraham lied to Pharaoh, saying that his wife was actually his sister. Isaac insisted on setting aside God’s will for his own. Jacob cheated his brother out of his birthright and lied to his father for a blessing.

All of these characters had deep flaws that didn’t go away with time. Their flaws followed them throughout their lives. Yet, God holds them in the highest regard.

We all have flaws, don’t we! Think about this. Just because we’re not perfect that doesn’t mean we’re not valuable. How much value? Well, we’re so valuable that God gave up His only Son to purchase our freedom from the chains of sin. That means we’re priceless!

Jesus asks an interesting question in Mark 8:36-37. “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” In this, Jesus establishes that a single human soul is worth more than the whole world’s wealth.

Next time you’re feeling small and insignificant remember the value God has placed on you, flaws and all!