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Your Undiminished Value

Listen to this story: A well-known speaker started off his seminar
by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would
like this $20 bill?" He said, " I am going to give this to one of
you, but first let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then asked, "Who still
wants it?" The hands went up in the air. "Well," he continued,
"what if I do this?" He dropped it to the ground and started to
grind it into the floor with his shoe.

Then he picked it up, crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"
Still hands went into the air. "My friends, you have all learned
a very valuable lesson," he said. "No matter what I did to the
money, you still wanted it, because it did not decrease in value.
It was still worth 20 dollars. Many times in our lives, we are
dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions that
we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we
are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen,
you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely
creased, you are always priceless to those who love you and especially
to the God who loves you unconditionally.

"The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or who we know,
or who we are; our worth is determined by whose we are --You are
special don't ever forget it."

God looks to us to help make His world new, to help make Gods world
bright with the light of peace and good will. He looks to us to
know our value. He yearns for us to see the value in others, and
to nurture them with His love.

--from the sermon "God's Light and Love Pours Into Our Souls"
by the Rev. William A. Kolb

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