By Rae Lynn DeAngelis

My husband and I love to watch the Antique Roadshow—a television program where guests are invited to bring their antiques to have them appraised by experts who determine their value. The show is interesting because you never know what treasures will be discovered during each episode.

Sometimes a guest has no idea what their item is—let alone its worth. It’s intriguing to watch a person’s reaction once they realize the value of their possession. Interestingly enough, some items are highly valued not because of what they are or what they can do, but because they were created by a specific designer.

During one episode in particular, an odd looking vase was brought in for evaluation. The expert began sharing factual information about the item, when it was made, what it was intended for, etc. At the end of his assessment, the appraiser revealed the identity of the one who designed the vase—Tiffany. That little piece of information helped to explain what came next—the vase’s value. I gasped to learn that the urn was worth tens of thousands of dollars!

“For you created my inmost being… I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).

You and I are highly valued indeed, but our worth does not come from how we look or what we can do. Our value comes from the One who made us.

“And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised…” (Deuteronomy 26:18).

Like hidden treasure brought to the Antique Roadshow, once we realize that our great worth comes from our Designer, we will have a better appreciation of our true value in this world.