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How Much is a Homeless Man Worth?

"The homeless man lying in the gutter is just as valuable as the most admired movie star" --Kent Crockett
"The rich and the poor have a common bond; the Lord is the maker of them all." (Prov. 22:2)

Still Valuable

            A well-known speaker began his seminar by holding up a twenty dollar bill. He asked everyone at the conference, "Who would like this new twenty dollar bill?" Hands went up all over the room.

He said, "I’m going to give this twenty dollar bill to one of you, but first I need to crumple it." He wadded up the bill and asked, "Who still wants it?"

Hands were quickly raised. The speaker dropped the bill and ground it into the floor with his shoe. He picked up the crumpled, dirty bill.

"Now who wants it?" Everyone still lifted their hands.

"Friends, you have all learned a valuable lesson” the speaker concluded. “No matter what I did to the money, you still want it because its value hasn’t changed. Even though the bill is crumpled and dirty, it’s still worth twenty dollars.” Although someone may have been misused and abused, he or she still has infinite worth. Every person is precious in God’s sight.

            Do you see others—and yourself—as priceless?

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 152-153) 

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