Dear Poor Widow
“The size of your offering doesn’t matter. Give your best. Your few cents matter”
[[Based on a True Story: Book of Mark 12:41-44]]
Dear Poor Widow,
In four verses, we’ve gained a very great deal of insight. You got two things working against you, you are a widow and you are poor. Being a poor widow is like being poor exponentially. You are experiencing financial drought since you no longer have a husband to provide for you. You probably spent all what you had to cover the expenses of the funeral. Under such circumstances any wise financial adviser would advise you not to give an offering. Who can live on a “few cents” though?
Your story stands out for various reasons. Many people who are wrestling financially shy away from rending monetarily to God. But you didn’t. You didn’t give big. Give what you could. You understood the size of the offering doesn’t matter provided that you give your best. Giving offering to God is equivalent to making a deposit in the bank…. Scratch that, giving to God is equivalent to “winning in monopoly.” You will get more than you put in. It also stands out on the matter concerning giving to God; He turns a bling eye on competitive giving. It doesn’t matter who give the most rather it matters who give their best or sacrificially.
Modern day Poor Widow, your “few cents” matter. All humans are competitively natured, it is innate. We thrive on wins. However our competitive instinct should be tamed at times. Untamed competition often leads to us of measuring up ourselves with others. We don’t attempt to keep pace with others but we aim to outdo them. “I have to do better than her.” “I have to give more than her.” I have to sing louder than her.” I have to look better than her.” Many people give a substantial amount of resources simply to match up to what someone has given God. Please, don’t hold God responsible if then you have to file for bankruptcy or any other kinds of deflation. He asks for a cheerful giver not a competitive giver. If the reason you give matching wits is because you’ve attached it to your self-worth, I will inflate your confidence for you. Your self-worth is in no shape or form attached to quantity of your offering. You don’t have to outdo someone’s giving to ensure that God is happy or satisfied with you. Now, I’m not going to tell you to give everything you have in the offering basket at your church. I’m not going to tell you give and I’m not going to tell you not to give. What I will tell you is this, do what God tell YOU to do, not the generalized you but the individual you. If he tells you to give everything, trust His leading. Give according to the measure that God ask you to. He will make a way. When it comes to giving to God, whatever that may be, your money or your time there is no competing with others. Your few cents is just enough.
Strongly together & Inspired by,
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