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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!


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.