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A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.

In the room of over 200 people, he asked the question, “Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the $20 dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. Now who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. Because it did not decrease in value, it is still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.

You see, it did not matter to the people sitting in that room that the $20 bill was dirty, crumpled, torn and worn down. They knew that in spite of its appearance or faults, it was still a $20 bill and none of those things decreased its...

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