I'm so glad you've stopped by my blog! I am a Women's Minister and a former Pastor's Wife. I love finding God in my regular-everyday-stuff. I struggle with keeping up with the laundry, I love blogging, and my kids are my first line of ministry. I am recently widowed. So God and I are on a brand new journey as I try to find peace and understanding. Please grab a cup of coffee and let's get to know one another as we journey on our faith walk together.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Can I give this? It's all I have.

Every Sunday my Pastor Husband has a special time in the service where he invites the kids up to the front.  He talks with them about their week, shares with them what they will be learning in Journeytown (the kids time of worship) and then before he prays with them he collects their offering.

I have a great vantage point to see their bright eyes and big smiles, as I stand at the keyboard on stage.  A couple of Sundays ago, I watched something that truly touched my heart and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind every since.

It came time for the offering (which the kids never let my husband forget I might add!) and the basket passed from kid to kid.  It finally came to a sweet 3 year-old little girl.  She didn't have her little envelope like she usually does and at first is made her a little sad.  Not knowing what to do, and not wanting it to pass by her without giving, she did the most precious thing....

she peels off her name tag and asks, 
"Can I give this, it's all I have?"

Oh!  I'm telling you the front few rows who got to really witness this, were truly blessed that morning!

She so very much wanted to GIVE... and the only thing she had to give was HERSELF!  What a visual!  Yes, it was just a nametag - but if we could grasp the concept of putting our whole self in the offering plate of Christ I think we would truly be living out Mark 12:41-44

"And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the multitude were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.  And calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."

It is my prayer today, that we would all be willing to put our whole self in God's offering plate - just as willingly and cheerfully as this sweet little girl!

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Katharine said...

Oh what a wonderful story! And imagine if we all gave up all of ourselves, what God could begin to do in the church and the world!
Blessings on your day!

Theresa said...

That is sweet!

Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now said...

What a beautiful post, Penny! Children definitely can come up with deeply moving comments. I just returned from the Godly Play Core Training where I heard so many amazing responses from children. There’s certainly much WE can learn from them!

Our Family said...

What a wonderful, precious story of a heart willing to give! I wish everyone was that way!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

I read your post early this morning and have been thinking about it all day. I love it! I aspire to be as giving as this little girl. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday!

Rev. John Franklin said...

What an amazing testimony! I've got that name-tag on my bulletin board as a reminder!

grandmotherpic said...

Wow!!That will truly preach and you have done a good job of doing it. After I finished crying, the first thing I thought of was the last thing I do every morning before I leave the house is put on my BankofAmerica name tag. If I could take this attitude about my name tag as that little girl, maybe, just maybe my attitude about being at work would change. What a testimony. I am sure that I will think of this story every time I put on my name tag from now on. Thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

Penny, this is so beautiful! What a great lesson in giving all we have.

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