From PSALMS NOW...Brandt/Corita
Man's struggle for significance
apart from God's will and purpose is in vain.
Man builds homes and institutions,
he acquires property and possessions;
he crowds the cities with the clutter
of questionable achievements;
he fills the better part of every day
with self-centered activities;
he pushes and prods in an anxiety-ridden quest
for some ephemeral treasure;
he strives incessantly to get to the top.
And all the while worth and value are within him
or very close to him.
They are precious gifts of God
that come in some measure to all men.
There are visible evidences of a man's worth;
the children he begets,
the beloved mate that brings him joy,
the ability to supply his own and
his family's needs through is daily labors.
But even beyond this and long before this,
a man's true worth was established
by God Himself.