The One Time Your Offering Is Never Too Small

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A couple years ago my youngest befriended an elderly lady in our local nursing home. We visited her a time or two, and on Valentine’s Day of that year my son decided to gift her with a little teddy bear.

Unfortunately, our friend moved to another nursing home out of town before we could give it to her, so we left it in the home for the staff to give to a lonely resident. 

The bear was nothing extravagant, but I’m certain it had a large impact on the recipient. Why? Because it said you are not forgotten, because it conveyed that someone cares, because it came from my son’s heart. 

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How many times do you wonder if you are doing enough, giving enough, caring enough? How many times do you question whether your contribution or gift is too small? 

I’m a chronic doubter about the worth of my gifts.

But let me assure you: An offering is never too small when it is given from the heart.

Wrapped in love, the tiniest gift becomes a treasure. 

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But don’t take my word for it. Look at Scripture:

In Luke 21, we read of the poor widow’s offering of her last two coins to the temple’s treasury. Although small in comparison to what others were giving, her mites far surpassed the largest gift in meaning. “‘Truly I tell you,’ [Jesus] said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others'” (Luke 21:3).

How could Jesus say that?  Some of the offerings were most certainly extravagant.

But the widow’s gift dripped rich in meaning because “she has given everything she has.” In other words, she gave from her heart. 

That doesn’t mean God expects us to give all we have and live in abject poverty or volunteer all our time and never work for pay. Jesus is emphasizing that our gifts have meaning and impact based on the way they are given, not merely based on their size.

Don’t think your kind word or gesture or your “less-than-extravagant” gift is worth less. Not if you are offering out of the overflowing love you have for the Lord and the recipient. 

When you offer anything in love it will never be too small.

Because the biggest gift is the one given from your heart.  

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“The man replied…. ‘To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.'” (Mark 12:33)

Reflection: Do you have a story to share of a seemingly small gift that had a huge impact?

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  1. Bethany Vitaro on February 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I so needed to hear this today. I usually feel like what I have to offer is never enough. Whether it is 10 minutes to read my daughter a story, a handme down coat to a friend’s child or a simple dinner concocted of left overs. Thank you for the reminder that any heart felt gift is blessed.

    • Julie Sunne on February 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      I feel the same way, Bethany. We need to remind ourselves of the widow’s mites.

  2. Tarja Wörlin on February 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for this post. You said it so well “Wrapped in love, the tiniest gift becomes a treasure.” Too often we forget this. I needed to hear this too.

    • Julie Sunne on February 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      In our comparison-driven world, it is easy to forget, Tarja. Grateful for your comment.

  3. Patty Mejia-Burke on February 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This past Veteran’s Day, my husband was in the hospital. During lunch, there was an elderly gentleman, a veteran himself (he was wearing a hat, stating Veteran WW2), was struggling with his lunch tray and his cane, and I got up to help him. I know it didn’t seem like much at the time, but the smile he gave me and the thanks he gave me just made my day – at a time when I was feeling low, it felt so good to reach out to another human being.

    • Julie Sunne on February 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Isn’t that the truth, Patty. When we bless others, we are blessing ourselves all the more! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Shanyn on February 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Love this. What a great reminder, and a great heart your son has.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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