What Makes Something Valuable?

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In 2018, British street artist Banksy sold a painting (“Girl With Balloon”) at auction for $1.4 million.  What no one suspected was that the frame had a shredder built into it.  The moment the sale was done, the piece slowly lowered through the blades, cutting the bottom half into tiny strips.  The new owner allowed the altered art work to be displayed after the event made national news – and a household name of the artist.  Have you ever wondered what makes something valuable?

While many were appalled by this turn of events, others considered it performance art.  And 3 years later, the owner put the piece up for sale again (it was renamed “Love is in the Bin”) and it sold to an anonymous collector for $25.4 million.  Because of the buzz generated and Banksy’s growing fame, the “ruined” painting fetched almost 25 times the original value.what makes something valuable

I admittedly know nothing about art.  I remain baffled at times by what some consider art.  Talent is easy for me to see and admire at times.  But to be frank, some very expensive pieces look like kindergarten coloring to me.  What is it that makes one painting valuable and another relatively worthless?  Although there are undoubtedly some very scholarly explanations for this, what it all boils down to is what someone is willing to pay for it.

What Makes Us Valuable?

Do you ever have doubts about your value and worth as a person?  Our Heavenly Father places your value far above a Banksy painting.  He loves you so much that He wants a relationship with you and wants to build you a home in heaven for eternity.  And to accomplish this, He gave up His son to die in your place for you sins.  Jesus died for me too (I’m so grateful), but He would have gone to the cross if you were the only one who needed saving.

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

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Lauren Sparks is a wife and mom of 2 daughters – one with special needs – and one bonus son. She lives, worships Jesus, and teaches yoga in Dallas, TX area. She is a contributing author on 3 devotional books, she shares her adventures, victories, and flub-ups from her laptop at

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