Dollar Twenty

Standing post my trusty steed, day dreaming about what the future roads may bestow, contemplating what greasy food I will let caress my amusement park slide of intestines with. When low and behold a little girl in hand-me-down tattered pajamas, no more then 7 years old, walks up to me with mom in tow with a heaping fist full of change. Looking up at me she tried to talk, but excitement (or nervousness) rendered her speechless. Her mom spoke up and proceeded to tell me that her daughter saw my bike and immediately wanted to help. The little girl then got the courage to yell out, “This is Everything I have! I want you to have it.” She proceeded to tell me that she even scrounged around her mothers car for more change. With tear weld eyes I smiled, at too at a lost for words as the young lady’s daughter handed me one dollar and twenty cents in change. 

To me, that dollar twenty was worth more than Fort Knox because she gave ALL she had. She didn’t decide to give me .12 cents (10%), she didn’t decide to “be a better Christian” and give me .24 cents (20%). No, she gave EVERYTHING!  All that I could think of was, “Out of the mouth of Babes” (Matt 21:16) I barely got to say thank you because I was so overcome by the mere faith this beautiful child had. Faith of not worrying about the money she may need to buy a piece of candy next week, or the new toy. She had it right, she was focused on the current right here, right now. She saw a need, and tended to it without even thinking twice. It is that second thought where the enemy gets in and renders us useless. Why give him a second thought when God’s call was first?

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:33-34)

Do we know that Christ calls us to have faith like children? This is why! Because when we become so enveloped in our “Grown-up” worry we become fearful of things that we don’t even know will happen. We simply assume that something bad will happen. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt 6:26) 

Children, if we let them, can teach us so much about life. They can help us remember what it is like to not be consumed by fear, doubt, worry, and anxiety. They remind us to live present. 

You might be thinking, “Yeah sure but they are just children, they don’t have to worry about finances, a house, food on the table, a family to provide for, medical bills, or an angry boss.” To that I say, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Tim 4:12) That child’s current and only worry was about those around her because she is more concerned for the well being of others over her personal gain of a piece of candy or a new toy. To her candy and toys are her struggle just as much as family provision, food,  and medical bills might be ours. 

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them, And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”” (Matt 18:1-5)