Have you ever been walking down the sidewalk and inadvertently looked down to see a dull gummed up penny or some random loose change lying about? Yes, we most likely all have. In my early years I would simply pass on by without thinking twice about picking it up. I would be much too embarrassed to be seen picking up loose change. Sometimes I would even give the piece of change a good swift kick to see how far I could boot it on down the street. As the years went on and I grew more into maturity I began to realize and understand hard work, stewardship and the true value of even a penny. I began to feel guilty and convicted if I ever walked by without scooping up the lost and abandoned change. In Proverbs 13:11 it says: “He who gathers money little by little makes it grow” So you see God put that penny in my path to test my commitment to being the best steward I can and to be obedient to His Word by putting His Biblical Financial Principles in practice. In Luke 16:10 it says: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. A penny here, a penny there can really add up quicker than you expect. If you manage even the left over and found loose change wisely God will be pleased and multiply your efforts. He will see that you have been Faithful managing the small coins and as He says in His Word he will put you in charge over greater things. I recommend getting an empty milk or water jug and every time you find loose change simply deposit it into the container. You can label the container or containers with the name of an item you’ve wanted to purchase but never have seemed to have the funds available for. Make a pledge to not spend the change before you’ve been able to save up for the full amount to purchase the desired item. This method has been a great way for me to save up nice chunks of change for badly needed bigger ticket items.
I’m sure we’ve all at one time or another paid a visit to our local shopping mall and has stopped to look into a wishing well to see the glistening layer of copper and silver coins lining the floor of the fountain pool. The massive accumulation of change that people have tossed into the water along with a wish is quite impressive. All of those pennies have added up to hundreds of dollars. What if each person who tossed their money into the pool had deposited that change into a savings account? Over the long term that money would have grown and added up to a great sum. If all the people of the world who never once tithed or have given to the poor gave just one penny to the Lord we would be able to make a monumental impact for the Kingdom. In the Bible the true story of the Widow and her mite pretty much sums everything up: Mark 12:41-44 41 And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: 44 for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.