It was time to go shopping for food.
After work, I drove to a particular grocery store that I enjoy going to.
This grocery store has a unique way of ensuring that their parking lot is never cluttered with abandoned carts.
In order to take one into the store to fill, customers must insert a quarter into a locking mechanism.
Once the coin has been inserted, the cart is released and shopping can begin.
When the customer has finished loading their purchases into a vehicle, they simply wheel their cart back up to the store and place it back in line with others.
There, it is connected to the other carts by part of the locking mechanism and a quarter pops out.
That’s all fine and dandy most of the time.
Today, however, I didn’t seem to have a quarter.
It was time to problem solve.
I went to another store close by and asked if they could give me a quarter—–in exchange for twenty-five pennies.
That was all I had with me in coins.
The clerk obliged, and all was well.
The spare pennies in my bag were worth something after all.
I really needed a cart and the pennies provided the payment to get one.
So, how much is a penny worth, anyway?
I suppose it depends on how much you need that penny and what it could do for you.
In the Bible, there is a passage about a woman who had two pennies.
Jesus was teaching in the Temple area:
Then he went over to the collection boxes in the Temple and sat and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Some who were rich put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies.
He called his disciples to him and remarked, “That poor widow has given more than all those rich men put together! For they gave a little of their extra fat, while she gave up her last penny.”
The widow had only two pennies.
Certainly, those coins meant a lot to her.
It represented much worth, for it was all she had.
And, giving to God what was of worth to her, was what was important.
What do we give to God that is of worth to us?
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