So, I heard this story about a speaker who holds up a $20 bill and asks “Who wants this?”. Not surprisingly, all the hands go up in the room. He says, “I’m going to give this to someone, but first let me do this.” He proceeds to wad up the bill and asks again…still the hands were up in the air. “What if I do this?” as he drops the bill on the ground, pours coffee grounds on it and steps on it. Still some hands stay up in the air. From his antics we learn a valuable lesson. No matter what he did to the money, it didn’t lose its value. It’s still worth $20. He says that we are like that $20 bill.
So many times in our lives we are dropped, crumbled, trashed and stepped upon. We survive the evil stare, the trash-talk, the looking down upon, the lies and gossip and walk away feeling worthless. BUT, no matter what happens in our lives, just like that $20 bill, we never lose our value. We are priceless to the ones who love us, to our family and friends, and to God, we are precious, loved and adored.
Our value is not in where we live, what car we drive or who we know. We are not defined by where we studied, if we studied or where we send our kids to school and where we vacation. We are defined by who we are. How we live our life. What we teach our children and how we treat others. Our value lies not in our possessions, but in the grace through which we live our lives.
You are special. You are beautiful. You bring value, love and insight. You are loved by your friends your family and by God, in whose eyes you are perfect.