Matthew 5:16 (ESV) “… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
While exiting my car this morning, I noticed a bright shiny penny in the parking spot next to me. Hesitant to retrieve it, I thought to myself, “What the heck.” I rationalized that a penny really wouldn’t make a big difference, but then the Holy Spirit corrected me. God’s “math” unfolded in my mind and I realized that if 3,000* people contributed one penny – just for today, we would have $30 dollars. If 3,000 of us did that for 3 days, we would have enough money to buy a goat for someone in a 3rd world country.
Beyond being cute, according to World Vision at https://donate.worldvision.org/goat,
“One goat can change everything. Her milk provides great protein to help children grow. The family can also sell any extra to earn money for medicines and other necessities. A healthy dairy goat can give up to 16 cups of milk a day. Goat’s milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk and is an excellent source of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients that growing children need.”
I was reminded that our company’s Compassion Fund operates by the same “math.” One dollar doesn’t seem like it would make a difference (not even for a cup of coffee in most places); yet, each pay period many stakeholders contribute their “insignificant” dollars to make an invaluable difference in the lives of others. The outcome of our individual $1 has impacted other lives into the thousands of dollars given each year to make a difference – and it does.
Sometimes Jesus’ commission to go into all the world or to shine our “lights” can be overwhelming. Too often we over-burden ourselves with thinking that we have to do it all by ourselves. That was never His intention. From the beginning of their training, Jesus sent out the disciples two-by-two (not alone), and told them not to worry about what they would need.
We can accomplish more together. Together we make the differences that we cannot do alone; and every seemingly “insignificant” act is multiplied when we do it God’s way. When we take the time to give a smile, take a moment to listen, or give a $1, we do make a difference. (We were never designed to do life alone.) … In God’s “math,” just think of what our facilities (even our world) would be like if every stakeholder shared a smile, took a moment to listen, or give even a $1. … Now that would definitely make a difference!
Chaplain Basha Zackavich
Gastonia Care and Rehabilitation
“Make prayer your first response, not your final option.”