Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Saving Your Pennies For A Cause

One thing that I noticed when I came here in USA is that coins as low as pennies, nickel and dimes are disregarded. They are scattered around in the car floor; can be find on almost every drawers, and on office tables.
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This morning, my devotion reading was talking about the poor widow in the Bible, who put in two very small copper coins (worth only a fraction of a penny). Jesus told His disciple "This poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury." Mark 12:43
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A story was given supporting the verse; it is about a freshman, named Mike, who desires to continue his schooling, and had found a unique way of financing his education. He had convinced a popular columnist of a certain state to ask his readers to "send in a penny for Mike." "Just one penny". In less than a month, the fund was up to 2.3 million cents, and he eventually ended up with $28,ooo! Donations came from all over the USA, Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas. Thus, it enabled him to finish his studies.
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A penny doesn't mean anything to anyone. If everyone... looks around the room right now, there will be a penny under the couch cushion... or on the floor. It isn't worth that much unless it's added to a whole bunch of other pennies.
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After reading this, it made me decide that from now on, I will save every penny that I will get. At the end of the year, I will bring it to the bank for convertion, and I will give it to someone to whom God impress on my heart.
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You can do the same, too. There may be a certain family that you wished to make happy on Christmas Day, or a certain child that you want to help. Saving the pennies for a cause can go far than just material things... it will touch their hearts, too... and thus, it made them glorify God, because after all, our doing is all about God!

2 comments:

d said...

I loved this quote, so I thought i'd share it :)

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. Those of us schooled from infancy in his ways can become desensitized to their horror."

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Denise said...

Great idea.