Five Minute Friday: Worth

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write. 

Okay, I have my timer set for five minutes and I am ready to press start. This is my first time participating in Five Minute Friday. I thought it would be a great writing exercise, but I am a bit nervous that I will do it wrong. But if you look at the instructions there is no way to do it wrong. Maybe I am just afraid that my five minutes will just sound like crazy rambling. Regardless, here it goes.


Worth. The first definition that pops into my head about worth is placing a value on something. Lately, I have been struck by what different people find worthy or valuable. I know I vacillate between focusing on spiritual items of worth versus material items of worth. The material items of worth tend to sneak up on my list of importance until they are the main focus. I want a nicer house, I want prettier clothes, I want to take that tropical vacation, I want to travel more . . . . I want, I want, I want. However, those items of material worth, while nice and fun and can bring temporary happiness, do not bring lasting joy. I have noticed that even if I get the particular material things I want, within a few weeks or days – sometimes even hours – I am dissatisfied again and searching for something to make me happy.

That is where the spiritual items of worth come in. When they are my main focus the void is filled. The dissatisfaction becomes satisfaction.


Wow! Those five minutes went quickly. That was a great writing exercise. It has also given me a lot to think about and expand on later. Join me at the Five Minute Friday link-up and read more five minute ponderings on worth.


7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Worth

  1. Welcome to Five Minute Friday, Dana!! I remember being so nervous about joining, but you’re right. There is no way to do it wrong.

    I love your reflections on physical items of worth versus spiritual items of worth. I have struggled with this (comparison is a nemesis of mine) and you have brought me back to Jesus today.

    Thank you! (I’m your Five Minutes Friday neighbor this week!)

  2. Welcome to FMF- glad you joined us! And there really is no way to do it wrong. I always love seeing the different posts that all spring from one single word. I agree, it’s easy to place our worth in material things, but it is in the spiritual things that we find true satisfaction. Visiting from #9.

  3. So great that you are joining FMF for the first time! I only started at the beginning of 2017 myself. I’m really enjoying being part of this community and the regular writing prompts are great.

    I like what you’ve said about what we value. It seems to be all about perspective and priorities, isn’t it:. There is nothing WRONG with good and beautiful material things — after all God made the world beautiful! But they don’t ultimately satisfy if they don’t lead to gratitude to the One who made all good things. Thanks for this reminder and hope to see you around FMF again.

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