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?”
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 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 went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was 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.
Are you thinking right now: “Oh, if I could be like that $20.00 bill?” If you are reading this, you have already demonstrated that you have the same fortitude as that $20.00 bill. In your personal life and in business you have stayed the course and refused to allow setbacks to take away your heart.
That $20.00 bill was still desirable, even in its dirty crumpled up state because no one saw what happened to it, but what it could do.
It’s not what happens to you but what you do with the challenges that you face. You are still being molded and shaped. Where you will end up, or ultimately become is a mystery that only God will reveal to you at an appointed time.
Desire is powerful. Many desired that $20.00 bill regardless of its condition. At every stage they voiced their want and the speaker took it to the next level. That $20.00 bill paid a price. In the end it was not very attractive to look at, but its value remained.
Are you willing to pay the price? Do you know what your value is? Is your value based on education, material things, your position or status in life? Is that where you see yourself as valuable?
Just like that $20.00 bill, if its value was in the dirty and crumpled state, no one would have wanted it, would they?
When your value and purpose depend on circumstances and outward appearances, when those change, it can affect your real value as a human. Value is not based on what is on the outside, but who is on the inside.
If you know who you are inside out, no matter what situations rise, your value will never diminish.
Keep the faith,