During the process, someone, if not more than one, is going to sit with you and ask this question, “Do you understand the value of that which you are considering giving away cannot be measured?”
You cannot place a value on such a gift.
Because a kidney, or any other major organ being donated is not what you are giving away.
The organ’s value, measured or not, is incidental.
The true gift that cannot be measured in terms of value, is hope.
Earlier today I sent a text to my friends Dan and Carrie Ann Lyons.
One week from today, Carrie Ann will be donating one of her kidney’s to another friend of mine, Al Sheneman.
In our local church, Glen Haven Baptist Church, in little McDonough, Georgia, this is the fourth time that a member has donated a kidney to a fellow member.
Hopefully a fifth member to member transplant will be taking place soon.
In the text to Carrie Ann I wrote, “One week from today you will be giving, not a kidney, but you will be giving hope to someone, of which there is no monetary value.”
I have heard medical professionals say that after one’s heart stops beating, and one stops breathing, and one’s blood stops flowing, and there is no brain activity…after all that, it is only then that the only thing left is hope. When someone dying gives up hope, there is nothing that can save them.”
Hope is the last thing we give up in this life.
Therefore, the value of hope cannot be determined.
We give stuff away all the time, all with some type of intrinsic value.
Yet we have within us, something so precious and so treasured that a value cannot be placed upon it.
Compare the value of gold against hope.
Will gold keep you alive?
No, but hope will.
Weigh out the value of the yen, the euro or the dollar?
Will any of these keep you alive?
No, but hope will.
Take the current most valuable currency in the world, the Kuwaiti Dinar, valued at 1 kwd, (Kuwaiti Dinar), equally 3.54 usd, (United States Dollars).
All the dinar in Kuwait will not equal an ounce of hope.
Let Bill Gates, currently the world’s richest person, hand the surgeon trying to keep you alive a cashier’s check for $76 billion dollars.
$76 billion dollars will not keep you alive.
But hope will.
When you have hope, there is not a mountain, valley, disease, economic disaster, or any other devastating setback that cannot be overcome.
To the Christian, even death cannot defeat hope.
Because it is in Christ that we have an eternal hope that transcends a flat line on a monitor.
Yet, the gift we have, that is with value that cannot be measured, we often hold on to.
Someone in your life, in the very near future, is going to need hope.
Give it to them.
Give them hope.
However it is needed.
“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.” Elma Rae
“You will have courage because you will have hope. You will take your time and rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help.” Job 11:18-19 (TLB)