Last week, my husband and I were at State Farm Insurance answering questions about Life Insurance. We were both interested in getting policies, especially since we have a child on the way and if something were to happen, we want to make sure that financially, everything would be taken care of. While we were there, one part of the conversation went something like this…
Agent: So Lindsey, do you want to set-up a policy for yourself as well?
Me: Yes, that would be great.
Agent: What do you do for a living?
Me: Well, I used to work full-time in Charleston, but now that we're in Atlanta I'm staying home and working every now and again editing weddings for my grandmother's company.
Agent: Alright. Your economic value is going to be around $35,000 since your child would need care from a nanny is his prime "growing years". If the child was already grown, your economic value would be significantly lower.
Me thinking to myself: What? My "economic value" is dependent on my professional status...or if my child is young and in need of care?? Hmph. I don't get it. I am valuable regardless of these two situations! What is she talking about? I mean, I am valuable, right...?
That may not have been word for word of the conversation, but it definitely went something like that. I know that the agent was talking about my value in the sense of a life insurance policy, but I was really disturbed when I found out that unless I have a kid or a job, I am practically valueless.
But, I know better than to believe this. I know that first and foremost, I am a woman and a child of God. He loves me and values me, even when I don't deserve it. I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) God has given me a heart that is so full of passion at times that I feel like it might explode. I am a servant, I am a fighter. I despise injustice. I am loved and adored by my husband. I am a wife, mother-to-be, daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend.
I am more than the ecomic value that society has given me.
And so are you.
So when moments of doubt come into our minds, we need to remember Ephesians 2:10. "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."