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In a service I held up a $2 then asked, “Who wants this unique two-dollar bill?” Everyone raised their hands. Then I crumpled and twisted the bill and asked “Who still wants it?” Again every hand was raised. Then I threw the crumpled bill on the floor and stomped it several times. Then I asked, “Who still wants it? Again all hands raised. I then rubbed it with dirt, wadded it up, and asked, “Who still wants it?” Again every hand raised. The bill was now wadded up, dirty, stomped and misused. No matter what I did, everyone still wanted it. Why? Because it still had worth, and it did not lose its value. Then I taught an important lesson. Many times in life we make bad decisions. Our lives become crumpled and we feel unworthy and worthless. We feel all hope is lost. The Lord gives a similar story of the Potter’s house (Jer. 18:1-4). As the potter wet and molded clay on his wheel to become a beautiful vessel, he saw a flaw in it. It then had become useless and worthless. He looked at it, saw the flaws, but he did not throw it away. He saw it still had potential and had value. So he lovingly broke it and made it again into a useful vessel. Something worthless became worthy. Thank God! He did not throw it away but remolded and remade it. He gave it a new beginning. It happened because he did not throw the clay away.

No matter what has happened to you, you will never lose your value with God. Don’t give up on God, because He has not given up on you. He will not throw you away. As long as you cope, there is hope. He can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. As the unique $2 bill, you are also unique and still useful.  Your worth and value do not lessen or decrease with God. He loves you unconditionally. God loves you, you, and even you. There is not one thing you can do to make God love you more, and there is not one thing you can do to make God love you less. Good news! You may now feel unworthy and useless, but God will not throw you away. God can remake you with a new beginning. As the unique $2 bill, you may be beaten and crumpled, and feel worthless, but you are still very valuable and usable to God.

Know that God loves you, you, and even YOU! If you don’t like the way you are, then change. Decisions determine directions – Directions determine destinations. You cannot change the past, but you can change the future. Again, God can do for you, what you cannot do for yourself, if you will let Him.  God is still in the life-changing business. Do it now!  As the clay, yield yourself into the hands of the Potter. Why? Because as the $2 bill, you are also You-nique.  Learn a lesson from a $2 bill.

Note: A mother wrote that she got a $2 bill and is waiting to share this story with her son! Many need this message of new beginnings and hope – Send it to that certain one!

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