A Lesson On Self Worth

As many of you know, I began my big girl job working with Connecticut lobbyists a few weeks ago. I begin every morning by sending out a report of what happened in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the previous day. To make sure I didn’t miss anything, I look over the “journals” put out by both chambers, outlining things like which bills were passed and who voted which way on each bill. The House always begins with a prayer, and because I’m normally in a rush while reading through the journal, it’s something I usually skip over. This morning, I had a few extra minutes, and found the time to read it.

I’m so glad that I did.

To start off yesterday’s Session in the House, the House Chaplain offered this prayer:

“A speaker held up a twenty dollar bill in a room of two hundred. He asked, ‘who would like this twenty dollar bill?’ Hands went up. He said, “I am going to give this twenty dollar bill to one of you, but first, let me do this.” He crumpled up the twenty dollar bill. He asked, “who still wants it?” Still hands were up in the air. “Well, what if I do this?” 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?” Hands went in the air. “My friends, we have all learned a valuable lesson. No matter what I did, you still wanted the money – it did not decrease in value. It was still worth twenty dollars.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions that we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may think as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or will happen, we will never lose our value. Dirty-clean, crumpled-finely creed, we are still priceless to those who love us. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by who we are.

Dear God, always keep us mindful that as human beings, we are special. Let us never forget it, as we may never know whose lives we have touched, the hurting hearts to which we have spoken, or the hope that we have given to another. Let us count our blessings. Amen.”

As soon as I began reading this prayer, I knew that I had to share it. It is so easy to forget your worth when you’ve made a mistake or have done something you’re not proud of. I always preach about how important it is to have faith that everything is going to work out the way it’s supposed to, but I rarely talk about the importance of having faith in yourself – and I think this prayer does an amazing job of emphasizing that.

Everyone is worthy of love and respect, no matter what they may think of themselves or what the people they don’t get along with may think of them. Next time you’re feeling down, I encourage you to think of the dirty, crumpled-up twenty dollar bill that everyone wanted the exact same amount as they did when it was fresh and pristine.

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