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Worth of a Dime…The Worth of a Soul

The Worth of a Soul

The Worth of a Dime…the Worth of a Soul

Do we all have value? Any worth?

Ever felt as if you had none? That you were worthless?

“Sometimes,” answered the lady I counseled on a street corner one day, “I feel nothing else.”

So this morning, I left the Hampton Inn in Tampa and dropped the rental at the Tampa International Airport.


I saw a dime on the terminal floor. At first, I stepped over it and walked on. Then, for no apparent reason, I just stopped, turned around, and walked back. I let go of my roller board travel bag, reached for my iPhone while dropping to my knees, and snapped a picture. I could feel the stares of the couple who walked by dragging their own oversized luggage. One of them turned around to see what I was doing. You can guess what he was thinking.

As I reached for the dime…

I gathered it up, looked at it, stood and dropped it into my pants pocket.


I asked, “Little fella’ ever been to Kentucky?”

I know. A bit strange perhaps. But I’m this way, you know. Furthermore, I have been thinking all morning about all the dimes and nickels and worthless pennies who inhabit our world. I wondered as I walked toward the gate and looked into the faces of strangers all around me…I wondered just how many of them felt worthless, as if their life was just a freak accident and their contribution to this world not much more significant than a dime on the floor of an airport terminal.

The world must be full of such people.

Or, maybe it’s because I’ve felt this way myself for much of my life.

Then, all of a sudden, I remembered something else – which is why I’m so glad I learned the stories of Jesus long ago and committed many of them to memory – I remembered the parable Jesus told of the woman who dropped a penny on her hardwood floors. She grabbed the broom and spent the remainder of the morning sweeping the floors looking for it.


You bet it is.

Then, I thought about God and just how neurotic she is in her relentless search for you and me.


Even dimes matter in the Kingdom.

  • Bill Butler

    Hi Steve,

    I’ll have real concerns if that dime answered your question. :)

    While the experience may differ, I know the feeling of worthlessness all too well; not only from my orphanage experiences followed by an abusive childhood, but this too:

    After working 18 years in the police department where I lived, because of critical incident stress, I was given a new position.

    A few mean-spirited people in power back then told me, “We can red circle your pay temporarily, but this new position only pays half what you were making.”

    I asked, “Can’t you red circle my pay permanently as you’ve done for others?”

    “No, you’re not worth that much. Take the job or there’s the ****ing street.”

    I had been demoted to the lowest paying job in the department. It was spiritual robbery and I had done nothing wrong. They exercised retribution for me winning a workers compensation award relating to a critical incident. The dollar was more important to them than me.

    It’s really hard to breathe when you’re constantly deflated.

    With my pay cut in half, it took me 14 years to return to the amount I formerly made, while the pay is even double that amount now. This not only effected my pension, it really did make me feel worth less and worthless at the time.

    Every negative experience I have experienced has motivated me to be better.

    I know that Love is spiritual currency and it’s worth the most when invested in others.

    Kind Regards,

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