Christian Addiction Recovery
Life has its way of bruising and wounding us, but we can become better people for the experiences ‘IF’ we awaken and appreciate our true worth as sons and daughters of God. This awakening reveals that we are images of God, hence divine-like and in his eyes, precious, chosen, and gifted.
This wonderful story about the $20 Bill offers us a lesson. A well-known speaker began his seminar before 200 people, while holding up a $20.00 bill he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. “I am going to give this $20,” he said, “to one of you, but first, let me do this. Then he crumpled up the $20 dollar bill. “Who still wants it?” he asked. Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground grinding it into the floor with his shoe. He picked the now crumpled and dirty money and said, “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. My friends,” he concluded, “we 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.
I often recount a similar lesson – if we were walking and chatting along the seashore, when suddenly we noticed the sun brightly reflecting off of some object on the sand just, it would spark our curiosity. When we near the object and stare down at it, we discover a 10 carrot diamond (worth in excess of 2 million dollars). If we picked up the precious jewel and placed it in our shorts (worth perhaps $100) so as not to lose it, would we discount the value of the diamond? If we took an added precaution and slipped the stone into a zip-lock plastic bag (worth .02 cents) in case we had a hole in our pocket, would be discount the value of the diamond? And if we took this precious diamond and plunged it into cow manure, would we discount the value of the diamond itself? To all these scenarios the answer remains the same, NO!
The diamond never loses its value, and that is who we are in the eyes of the Lover of humanity, his precious, chosen, and beloved ones. 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 worthless, but no matter what has happened or what will happen, we will never lose our true value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, we are still priceless to God and those who love us. WHY? Because the worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
Be sure to treasure the treasure gifted to us; celebrate life as fragile, delicate and beautiful in spite of our bruises and wounds. If we allow our lives to reflect the various prisms of color that reflect off those wounds and bruises we are even more beautiful.
In loving memory of Father Ron Beshara.