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Some time ago, a man punished his 5-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The father was embarrassed by his over-reaction earlier, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He spoke to her in a harsh manner, "Do you know, young lady, that when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside the package?"

The little girl looked up to him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full." The father was crushed. He fell onto his knees and put his arms around his little girl, begging her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the little girl's life a short time later and it was said that the father kept the gold box beside his bed for all the years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss, remembering the love of the child that put it in there.

$20


A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill.

In the room of 200, he asked, 'Who would like this $20 bill?'

Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 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 $20.

"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. 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 and
WHOSE WE ARE.

"You are special; don't EVER forget it."

Wash Day

Monday: Wash Day
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and
Vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility
Through the week ahead.

Tuesday:
Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles
Of prejudice I have collected through the years
So that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday:
Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not
Set a bad example for others.

Thursday:
Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults
I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday:
Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to wisely see the gift of eternal happiness you purchased for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday:
Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly
Love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday:
The Lord's Day
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please
Come into my heart so I may spend the day and the
Rest of my life in your presence.

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