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them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to
share. 1 Timothy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitiution on the corner
On any given Sunday in metro-Atlanta paper-men and
women combat Mother Nature – rain, heat or snow – hustling the paper. For a couple of years Atlanta’s newspaper -
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have peddled their weekend edition on street corners.
As with most commodities – unlike salaries – the Sunday newspaper increased its
price to one dollar and fifty cents.
In today’s economy there are not many items with a price
tag of 50 cents. Two quarters, five dimes, ten nickels or fifty pennies – no
matter how you count it it’s fifty cents. Noisy currency– change that can
wear a hole in pockets over time!
Each Sunday after church my routine – head to the
corner and grab a paper–I love the coupons. This particular Sunday it was raining
cats and dogs. Drenched, my paper-man approached with a smile. While he
searched for change the Lord laid on my heart to do something extraordinary. Opposed to waiting and allowing my man to get
soaked I gave two dollars and told him “keep the change.”
This small gesture reminded me of the widow’s offering
– Mark 12: 41-44. Many rich people threw in large amounts but
a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins… This poor widow put
in more than all the others.
Please understand I am not being a boastful Pharisee. The
point I am conveying is my four bits may not seem like much but to someone else
it could mean the world. Giving a little from the heart can go a long way.
is pleased with good deeds
The book of Hebrews – 13:16 – reminds us not to
forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is
pleased. Be encouraged, find ways to give from the heart or bless someone. So,
the next time you purchase a paper, cup of coffee, or see a homeless person give
them the change because God loves a cheerful giver.
Keep the change
I have continued the goodwill gesture of “keeping the
change” for six months. The overall reaction from unsuspected recipients - amazed,
peppered with genuine “I really appreciate this very much.” Yet, on occasion
there are those who don’t say a thing. But it is the gleeful smile from a
teenage girl which reassures me that my fifty cents does make a difference. I
drive away thanking God for another opportunity share with others even if it is
just spare change – fifty cents.