CRUM­PLED AND DIRTY

Activated - - NEWS - By Lu­cas Hernán­dez Lu­cas Hernán­dez lives in Granada, Spain, and has vol­un­teered with var­i­ous NGOs for over 40 years.

For some time, we've been putting on ben­e­fit shows in our beau­ti­ful city of Granada, Spain. On a par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sion, we per­formed at a res­i­dence for se­nior cit­i­zens. Af­ter the usual dances, songs, and pup­pet show, I de­cided to end with an il­lus­tra­tion about value. This is how it went:

“Sup­pos­ing that I of­fered to give this away,” I asked the au­di­ence, show­ing them a €20 ban­knote, “who would want it?” Ev­ery­one raised their hand. “And if I did this?” I crum­pled the bill and re­peated the ques­tion. Ev­ery­one's hands stayed up.

Then I threw the bill on the ground and stepped on it. I picked it up and asked, “And now?”

A few fussy souls ab­stained, but the ma­jor­ity con­tin­ued to raise their hands.

“Let's re­mem­ber that we are like this bill. Some­times life will rough us up and get us dirty, but in God's eyes, we never lose our value as in­di­vid­u­als.” I was moved by the ap­plause, but the best was yet to come.

At the end of the show, as we were pack­ing up the equip­ment, a woman ap­proached me and asked if we could talk in pri­vate. We moved to an ad­join­ing room and with tears in her eyes she tightly squeezed my hands, thank­ing me over and over, and say­ing, “Myy chil­dren brought me here and for­got about me. Now they never visit. But to­day you came and re­minded me of some­thing very im­por­tant—I am this euro bill.”

This re­minded me of a Bi­ble pas­sage: “Even if my sons and daugh­ters aban­don me, the Lord will hold me close.”

1 If in the course of life, we stum­ble and fall, or things work out in a way that we end up feel­ing like that bat­tered €20 ban­knote, let's not for­get the moral of the story: No mat­ter how crum­pled or dirty we are, in God's eyes we still hold in­es­timable value.

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