The Point of a Penny

“Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck,” so the saying goes.  Of course, we know that there is no such thing as “luck”-everything in our lives is divinely directed by God.   Every cent bears a reminder of this in its inscription, “In God We Trust”.

 Do you always pick up those little copper treasures when you pass them on the sidewalk?  We try to save all our loose change in a jar; but I confess, President Lincoln has watched me hurry past him more than once.  After all, “it’s only a penny”.  You can’t even buy a gumball from a machine for a penny these days, so what’s the point of picking one up?

 How many other things in our lives seem insignificant?  The call you’re always meaning to make, hugging your kids each day, giving up that soda pop habit (after all, it’s only one 12 oz bottle day)-they all seem small when considered in daily increments. 

Jesus spoke of unimportant things like odd sparrows (ever notice that between Matt. 10:29 and Luke 12:6, there seems to be one extra little birdie thrown into the bargain?) and stray hairs, to make the point that everything occurs under the watchful eye of God, Who knows all, values us exceedingly, and thinks of us continually (Ps. 139:17).  He takes notice of every little thing that puts together “the big picture”.

 So, what’s the point of saving a penny?  One hundred pennies make a dollar…would you bend over to pick up a dollar in the parking lot?  More than likely you would.  One cent alone may not buy a gumball; but the change from our jar came to about $52 altogether, and it bought our groceries for the week.  Eliminating the daily 12 oz pop, it has been estimated, can translate into a 15 pound weight loss in a year.  And the daily hugs?  The proceeds from those are immeasurable. 

 Next time you are tempted to hurry by a penny, stop, pick it up, and be reminded of the little things.  Say to yourself, “This is the day [the hour, the minute, the moment] that the Lord hath made, [I] will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps. 118:24).

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