by Samuel Burgess

God's Cure For Withering Lives
Sammy Burgess
Luke 6:6-11

{Illustration: There was a certain speaker who began his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. "Who would like this $20.00 bill?" he asked. Hands went up throughout the audience.

He went on to say; "I am going to give this $20.00 to one of you, but first let me do this." He proceeded to crumble up the bill. He then asked; "Who still wants it?" The same hands went up in the air.

Then he said; "What if I do this?" He dropped the $20.00 bill on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Again, the same hands went up.

Then he smiled and said; "You have all learned a valuable lesson. No matter what I do to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.00. 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. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are priceless to Him."

As I read that story, my mind immediately begin to think about the people who I come in contact with every week. Have you noticed that people feel differently and think differently about themselves? (I have come to the conclusion that most of the time people become what they "think".)

(1)- Some People Feel Like They Are Wealthy. I am not necessarily talking about the fact that they are rich with material things. You have to agree with me that some do feel wealthy because they are wealthy. But there are some who feel wealthy because they have good health; a good job; a happy home life; they are not really in need of anything. They have all they need to satisfy their life and they that are happy just the way things are in their lives.

(2)- So ...

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