A popular speaker once started off a seminar by holding up $20. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
200 hands went up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
All 200 hands were still raised.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.
He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and now dirty.
“Now who still wants it?”
All the hands still went up.
“My friends, I have just showed you a very important 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, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!”
Every single one of us has an idea of our own value. Many of us value ourselves highly, and that’s great, but unfortunately, many of us undervalue ourselves. For many reasons, perhaps for past failings, perhaps from a life-time of negative comments from others or our own negative self-talk or other more deeply embedded self-doubts, whatever the reasons, many of us are “selling ourselves short”.
In this modern, hectic world with all it’s pressures we feel we need to put on ourselves, has resulted in many of us going through life feeling stressed and depressed, incomplete, insecure, fear and even alone. In each of our hearts we all long to be loved, understood, recognised, needed and happy – it is our human nature. But, why are many of us not? Why are we so often ‘our own worst enemy’?
Well, if only every one of us could just stop and take time out to see the bigger picture! And know how this world really does ‘go around’.
There are No mistakes in this universe. This universe has been designed and made to complete perfection and everything in it – and that includes You!. And you certainly wouldn’t be here if you were not meant to be here! This great power, which many called God, which grows the flowers and moves the planets in perfect orbits – counts you as one of it’s creations! And it is this power that we must rely on daily – especially in times of trouble. As He stilled the storms on the sea of Galilee, He will still any storm in your life.
So, know from this day your value and how precious and unconditionally loved you are by God, no one will ever love you more. Once you accept this, you will look less for it elsewhere, count everything or everyone after this is a bonus. It is only when we understand this bigger picture, that we can relax, ’let go and let God’. It’s when you fully understand who is at the steering wheel and how precious and deliberately unique the passenger is (you) that you can really start to ‘live life to the fullest’.