Posted by Bobbie on May 31, 2001 at 14:15:57:
In Reply to: I do NOT believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by GermsLiveInMyHat on March 28, 2001 at 08:29:42:
The $20 Bill
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 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 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 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 to Him.
Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye." THOUGHT: The worth of our lives come not in what we do or who we are but by WHO WE ARE! You are special - Don't ever forget it!
Count Your Blessings, not your problems!!!
: I've beaten this topic to death with everyone I know, ended friendship and relationship alike.....yet at this point...right now...as I write these very words....I look around at the things around me....Sanford Super Sharpie Permanent Marker....just looking at the design and shape....centuries of effort to the point where this...CD's...computers are so common...and people STILL for thousands of years (memory hazy, otherwise could give a better estimate.... brainhurts...need... Mountain Dew....okay better) they still follow the same outlook towards faith and everything else.....but I still see God as a fictional character invented by people just trying to draw an outline for society (not to mention quiet people who were afraid to die...."Hey, if you die, no biggie, you'll live in paradise with God...you won't simply have no consciousness and provide sustenance for maggots and worms to grow and breed and make more of their kind, whose descendants will eventually feed on the flesh of your great grandchildren....but don't go against what God tells you, or you'll burn and scream and cry in torment until the end of time....but he Loves You!") I see God as yet another in a series....look and Greek/Roman gods/goddesses... they were used to explain the as-of-then inexplicable.. sunrises...nighttime... changing of seasons...but that was shattered thanks to scientific breakthrough ("Holy crap, we're stupid, THAT'S how it worked") so we currently use this incompetent father figure who doesn't give a sh*t (God) to explain what we can't explain : Creation of the universe, Dan Quayle, etc....what happens when we figure these things out? No more God.
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