The Worth of a Soul
Image courtesy of [MR LIGHTMAN] / FreeDigitalPhotos.netI Have People deals with the sensitive issue of domestic abuse. One of my favorite passages in I Have People is when Gabe and Holly have the following conversation:
“Why would you want me, Gabe? I’m used. Damaged merchandise. I’m broken and dented and scratched. I can’t be the person I was for the last six months.”
“Don’t ever say that, Holly. Don’t even think it. It isn’t true. You were the victim of a very sick man. Listen to me, you can take a precious jewel worth millions, dip it in mud, leave it dirty and stained, its beauty spoiled, and underneath it all it will still be worth millions. Cal took advantage of you, but it doesn’t change your worth. ”
“I let him hurt me. I stood there and took it,” she said, even though she was deeply touched at his words.
“You were scared.”
Holly stood, feeling flustered.
“Look . . . maybe you forgot about Cal and what he did to you, but I didn’t. Not for a minute. Every single day of the last six months I knew what you’d been through,” he said, his voice intense. “I’ve always known” He let his breath out heavily. “Or at least, I suspected. Always.”
Holly let that sink in. There was something about the way he said the word, always. “Always?”
“Yes, Holly, always.”
It’s a common analogy. I heard the analogy in a church talk once. Only it was about a twenty-dollar bill. You can fold a twenty-dollar bill, crumple it and dirty it—but it’s still worth twenty dollars.
You can view an excellent video of the analogy here.
I didn't want to have Gabe quote the common twenty dollar bill analogy--it's overused--so I changed it to a precious jewel. Same thought, different item. But I cannot take credit for the original concept behind the analogy!
The thought has always stuck with me though. The worth of a soul is great. We all become damaged, dinged, and dented as we endure the trials of life.
But it doesn’t change our worth.
Something to remember!