The Twenty Dollar Lesson

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*Pastor’s Note: This is another one of those great anecdotal stories from the past that used to circulate by email before the social media craze hit. It is one I have saved for years. Enjoy and be blessed!

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 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 $20 dollar bill up into a tight wrinkled ball. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.

He then reached for the glass of water he had on the podium and dipped the crumpled bill into the water until it was thoroughly soaked. He pulled it out, wrung the water out of it as best he could and then asked again, “Who wants it now?” Still the hands shot up in the air.

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

as crumpled twenty dollars

“My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what was done to the money, you still wanted it because no matter what happened to it, 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 in everyday life. At those times we often feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who do love you and especially to the ONE Who created you. The worth of our lives doesn’t come from what we do or have done in this life or who we know, but, rather by who we ARE in the eyes of our Creator. To God and to those who love you, you ARE special and valuable – Don’t EVER forget it.”

–  Author Unknown

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” – Jeremiah 31:3.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” – 1 John 3:1.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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2 Responses to The Twenty Dollar Lesson

  1. I love this lesson, Roland! I saw a youth pastor do all of the above, but as I recall, his final abuse was to yell at the $20 bill, telling it “You’re worthless!” lol

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