As I was working diligently on the last day of the month trying to finish up end of the month reports, answering phones, getting a huge mailing ready to go to the post office and other things that fit into the life of an Office Administrator, I had a visitor come to my office that stopped me in my tracks.
You see, this person was a daughter of one of our elderly members, 88 years old to be exact, suffering from stage 4 Dementia. She proceeded to tell me that her mother loves the church and misses being able to get here on Sunday mornings. Because of her health it makes it difficult for her to get out and about as she used to.
She then handed me a stack of giving envelopes rubber banded and told me that her mom had been putting $12.00 in an envelope each week for 35 weeks and she wanted to make sure the church received what she owed.
WOW! What she owed! This reminded me of the bible story about the widow giving all she had.
The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44
Now the women in my story may have a little more to live on than the $12.00 a week she was putting in the giving envelope. What she has is so much more than money. She has a love for the Lord and the church. Even with Dementia, she remembers to give to God each week.
This got me thinking about my own life. Do I give God my all? I am a wife, mother, caretaker of my elderly father, employee, and friend. Do I have time for anything else? By the end of the day, my all is gone and I am exhausted. But what if I started my day out with giving God my all! I bet He would give me my ALL that I need to complete my day.
I pray that I can learn by what this wonderful woman is doing and remember to put God first and give him my ALL and give Him what I owe Him.