The Thoughts You Don’t Want Other People To Find Out You Have. A Parable
Somewhere in a backcountry town in America, an old man found a dollar in the street. He picked it up off the ground and sat down on the sidewalk, holding the ripped bill between his fingers. It was partly caked in mud, worn to shreds, broken.
“I wonder what your story is,” mused the man.
“I’ve been through a lot,” came the answer. “So much has happened to me in all these years. I am very weary and hurt.”
The old man’s gentle eyes grew big in awe, wondering at the voice he heard.
“I come from the same place all money comes from,” the bill went on. “I was printed one day with millions of other dollar bills, and found myself in this world about which I knew nothing. My life began in a little town just like this one. For a while, I brought food to families, toys to children, books and music to the community. Life was good to me, but one day, by mistake, I ended up on a bar top under an empty whiskey glass, then in a back alley in a suitcase. One late night, a man threw me on the nightstand in a dirty motel room, next to an ashtray filled with cigarette butts. A young woman was crying close to me in the dark.”
The old man didn’t say a word; he just listened.
“One day, a lad crushed me in his fist and threw me on the ground. I’ve been going with the wind ever since, just as you see me now: broken, shattered, and alone. I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong. I’ve brought pain to others and hurt people. I didn’t mean to do it. Their tears fell on me.”
The old man reached in his pocket and pulled out a couple of other bills that looked to be almost new, and gently placed them all together. “I don’t know all you’ve been through,” he said softly, “but you have the same worth as any other bill, old or new.”
What you’ve been through in life doesn’t change your value. Maybe you underwent many challenges; you might have made choices that hurt you and brought pain to others, suffering greatly when you acted against love. Regardless of what you’ve done or what you’ve been through in life, you have the same worth as everybody else. You are equally precious in the eyes of God. You are his son or his daughter, and you are infinitely valuable just the way you are.
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