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The $20 Bill

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of several hundred people, 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. 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.”

Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, “as the apple of His eye.”

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we are but by whose we are.

–Author Unknown


  1. Quite inspiring!
    Thank God for the price that was paid to make us eternally valuable. That price can never deflate nor diminish – the gift of JESUS!

  2. Raul L. Canatoy

    This must be the thinking of those people who ones in thier life stumbles and feels it’s the end of the world for them. For those also who judge people who stumbles worthless…God did not send His Son for the good but for those who are lost…

  3. Jesus showed us how the world could treat us and yet still be as beacons of hope to others who were worse off than we are…thank you Jesus for giving your body up as an offering for my sins. Thank you for washing me clean in your holy sacrifice. Thank you for being a living God in my life and for loving me to my very core. You are awesome!

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