Hello Dear Friends: I would like to tell you how much I enjoy your company and your comments, so please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment space at the end of this story. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on “CPR for Life.” The tale of the $20.00 bill was sent to me and I hope you find my sentiments worthwhile. I found this story very thought provoking… hopefully you will be able to take some meaning from it for yourself.
A well known speaker began his keynote address by holding up a $20.00 bill. There were about 200 people in the room, and when he asked, “Who would like to have this $20.00 bill?” Everyone’s hand went up. He proceeded by saying, “I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to tightly crumple the bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants this?” Still, everyone raised their hand up in the air. “Well”, he replied, “What if I do this?” And then he dropped it on the ground and took his foot and ground it to the floor. He then picked up the dirty and crumpled bill and asked, “Now who still wants it?” And everyone’s hand was still raised! “My friends, you have all just learned a valuable life lesson. No matter what was done to this money, you still wanted it, because it never decreased in value, no matter how dirty, crumpled and damaged it became.” It was always still worth $20.00!
Like this $20.00 bill, there are times, in our lives, when we have been dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by decisions we have made or circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. However, no matter what has happened, or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes. To Him, dirty and crumpled or clean and finely creased, you are always priceless to Him. You always retain your original value!
It may be difficult to see the value at the time, but you can be certain God is waiting for you. He wants to comfort you and extend his steadfast, omnipotent hand to guide you on your road to recovery. Recovery from any hurt, habit, or hang-up! God’s love for you is beyond any experience you have ever had here on earth. It is always and forever unconditional and glorious!
Oh… wait… I think I just heard someone out there declare they are not a believer. You can trust Boom-Boom when I tell you I get that! I really do get that, because, at one time, I inhabited that place… I know it well! However, you can also believe me when I tell you the next words are coming from that same experience. When you find yourself crumpled and broken, and you are completely out of all alternatives, this is indeed a dark and lonely place a low point in your existence! When you find yourself here and out of options, you WILL, out of sheer and utter desperation, turn to God! Yes, God! The same God you claimed you did not believe in! And when you call out to Him, He will be there for you… your last option will be available for you! And when you discover God is all you have, you will also discover God is all you ever needed! CPR for life!