A story and value of a $100

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $100.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $100 bill?”

Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $100 to one of you but first, let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple up the $100 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, “What if I do this?” And 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?” Still the hands went into the air.

My friends, 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 $100. 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 in the past or what will happen, you will never lose your value.  Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you.

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special Don’t EVER forget it.

You are created by the Creator Himself.  The greatest Designer of All things. And He gave His life for you. That’s how much He thinks of you.

Count your blessings, not your problems. And remember: amateurs built the ark . . .professionals built the Titanic.

If God brings you to it – He will bring you through it.

 

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LIFE LESSONS

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making’ a life.  I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back..’

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.’

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

LIFE – is a journey; enjoy the ride!

We are what we think and what we become. Go out there and have fun. Dance as if you have never danced before; laugh as if you have never laughed. After all life has so much to offer if you will only think beyond the imperfections. Seize the day!

PUSHING PEOPLE UP!!!

There are people who God brings into our lives that hold the key to our promotion. They hold the key to us reaching our full potential. But these people are not here to help us or to give us breaks or open new doors; these are people who God places in our path so we can help them, and show them favor. They are divinely connected to our destiny. We won’t go higher until we help them go higher.

You have to step out and sow a seed into those people. The higher they rise, the higher you will rise. If you will help others fulfill their dreams God will help you fulfill your dreams.

Make the effort to develop a habit of “pushing people up.” When you take time to invest in someone else it doesn’t go unnoticed. Every minute you encourage that friend, every mile you go out of your way to do a good deed, every penny you spend to make someone else better, know that God sees it. He’s not only going to pay you back, He’s going to multiply what you’ve sown.

When you push people up, the blessings are going to come down! You’re going to get breaks, see His favor, and new doors are going to open to you. As you live your life as a giver, and look for ways to help others, you’re going to see your dreams and desires come to pass. God will fulfill His promises to you and you’ll live the abundant life He has prepared for you!

SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP THE LITTLE THINGS FROM TAKING OVER YOUR LIFE

Following are some of my favorite excerpts from the book written by Dr. Richard Carlson, PH.D. entitled “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff..”

* The measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment;

*Life is filled with opportunities to choose between making a big deal out of something or simply letting it go. 

*If we choose our battles wisely, we’ll be far more effective in winning those that are truly important;

*Set aside quiet time every day – it is a vital part of our life;

*Smile at strangers, look into their eyes and say hello!;

*Life will usually go on if things don’t go according to plan.  It’s helpful to keep reminding ourselves that “Life isn’t an emergency;”

*Imagine Yourself at Your Own Funeral – doing so will remind us of the kind of person we want to be and the priorities that are important to us;

*Allow yourself to be bored – and if you don’t fight it, the feelings of boredom will be replaced with feelings of peace;

*Learn to Live in the Present Moment – Life is what’s happening while we are busy making other plans.  Now is the only time we have and the only time that we have any control over.  When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. 

*Remind Yourself that When You Die, Your “In Basket” Won’t Be Empty – Often we convince ourselves that our obsession with our “to do” list is only temporary – that once we get through the list, we’ll be calm, relaxed and happy.  But in reality this rarely happens.  As items are checked off, new ones simply replace them. The nature of our “in basket” is that it is meant to have items to be completed in it – it’s not meant to be empty.  Regardless of who we are or what we do, remember that nothing is more important than our own sense of happiness and inner peace and that of our loved ones.  Remember, when we die, there will still be unfinished business to take care of.  And you know what?  Someone else will do it for us! 

*Keep Asking Yourself, “What’s Really Important?” – Reminding ourselves of what’s really important help us keep our priorities straight.  It will remind us that despite our multitude of responsibilities, we have a choice of what is most important in our life.  If we regularly take a minute to check in with ourself and ask “what’s really important” we may find that some of the choices we are making are not that too important after all;

*Give Up on the Idea that “More Is Better” – Learning to be satisfied doesn’t mean we can’t, don’t or shouldn’t ever want more than we have, only that our happiness isn’t contingent on it.  We can learn to be happy with what we have by becoming more present-moment oriented, by not focusing so much on what we want.  As thoughts of what would make our life better enter our mind, gently remind yourself that, even if we got what we think we want, we wouldn’t be one bit more satisfied because the same mind-set that wants more now would want more then. 

*An excellent measure of happiness is the differential between what you have and what you want.  We can spend our lifetime wanting more, always chasing happiness – or we can simply decide to consciously want less.