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One Small Thing

Read Mark 12:38-44

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all had to live on." Mark 12:41-44 (NRSV)

Janet Ann Collins is from California. When she was 11 years old, she was sent to a convalescent home for children because of her severe asthma. The first week, all new patients stayed in the same unit. While there Janet met a girl named Gladys, who was deaf and had no fingers on one hand.

At that time in the United States, deaf children weren't allowed to use sign language, but Janet and Gladys would communicate with gestures when the nurses weren't looking. We were only in the same unit for one week; but because of Gladys, as an adult Janet learned American Sign Language, worked at California School for the Deaf, married a sign language interpreter, raised three deaf foster children, and interpreted services in sign language for several churches.

We never know when God can use some small circumstances to make a big difference. Janet remembers how Jesus praised the woman for giving only two coins to the temple treasury because it was all she had to live on. She had no idea people would be inspired by her faithful giving for thousands of years.

God can use our smallest encounters to inspire us to make a big difference for the world and for others, even though we may not know this side of heaven how God does that!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us live faithfully, freely giving what we have for your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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