At a recent conference, a speaker started his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hundreds of hands started going up. The speaker said, “I’ll give this $20 to one of you, but hold on a minute.” He then crumpled the $20 bill up. He then asked, “Now, who wants it?” All the hands remained in the air.
“What if I do this?” he asked. The speaker then dropped the $20 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 wants it?” Still the hands were in the air.
“No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value,” he said. “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. 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.”
You may feel crumpled, worn, or ground into nothing — especially after the noisy rush of Christmas! Maybe you feel tired and alone, sad and lonely.
No matter how you feel, remember what is true.
The truth about you
The truth is that your feelings don’t dictate your worth. How you feel about yourself does not determine your true identity.
The truth is that you were lovingly and purposefully created by God. You are lovingly and closely watched by Jesus, who knows your true value. And you are have access to more power, strength, peace and joy than you could ever imagine…even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed.
No matter what you’ve been through — or how far you’ve wandered from God — you can come home. He’s waiting for you, He loves you, and He will make you fresh and clean again. Every day, He is waiting to bless you anew. All you need to do is receive His love and stay focused on Jesus.
It’s time for a fresh start.
What new thing is God doing in your life? What have you been avoiding, or perhaps wishing you could do or become? Start today. Take one small step forward, and He will continue blossoming into who He created you to be.
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With His love,
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