Our society likes to put a price-tag on everything-- especially in economic times such as these. The world defines our worth with a paycheck. Our worldly reward...money.
I even saw a couple of years ago where a newsgroup had broken down a wife and mother's job into several jobs and tried to define a woman's worth through the salary she would make through these various jobs. The jobs they cited spanned from chauffeur to personal chef to therapist and many other professions in-between. Needless-to-say, today's woman was very high-grossing. Any other job would come with a nice-benefits package with vacation days, sick days and probably even a company car! But at the end of the day our benefits package is a happy child, a husband who feels valued and appreciated, and the satisfaction of a job well-done. That "benefit's package" means more to me then any perk I could receive from any company or organization.
Would that worldly company truly value us for what we are really worth? No, of course not! If they could find the labour for cheaper...they would. So why should we care what we are worth to them? Our self-worth should be defined at how God values us. To God you are a prized possession. In fact, you are so valued that "even the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matthew 10:30) Unfortunately, man will continue to try to place a price-tag on our "occupation" but the book of Job says, "Man does not comprehend it's worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living" (Job 28:13)
This means that no matter the earthly currency that man tries to value us at, our reward for being the wife-mother-friend with a heart for God will not be of this world. It will be far greater than anything man could possibly dream up. As I sit here planning out the day's schedule filled with my many "occupations", I am comforted to know that to God I am worth far more than I am to any earthly organization and that's what really matters.