I got this story through email. It is easily googled. I've never found the author. I've found the story pretty much verbatim on several internet sites. So in the spirit of a borrowed story, I've paraphrased it and God Bless the person who originally told this story.
A pastor held a $20 dollar bill up to his congregation. He said, "Who wants this bill?"
Members of the congregation laughed and raised their hands. The pastor said, "I'm glad so many want it. I'm going to give it to one of you."
He proceeded to crumble the bill and said "Who wants it now?"
People raised their hand one more time.
Dropping the note to the floor, he ground the bill into the floor with his shoe.
"Who wants it now?" he shouted.
Most of the congregation was puzzled, but they raised their hands one more time.
Bad choices, hard luck and mistakes never take away your value. Life may crumble you, step on you, grind you down. But like this $20 dollar bill, you still have your value.