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!