How many times have you gone to the grocery store and the amount came up some dollar amount and 99 cents and you gave them the cash, they returned the penny and you put it in the “penny holder” by the cash register? Or you took the penny and threw it in the bottom of your purse or left it lay on the counter?
If we are walking down the street and see a penny we don’t usually stop and pick it up, but if it was a quarter, we sprint to get it. We discard pennies in a jar because they are only worth one cent.
But how valuable is that one cent when our McDonald’s order is $5.01 and we don’t have any change? We sure wish we had that penny that we threw in the jar or in the discard dish at the grocery store.
It’s a good thing God doesn’t put those dollar values on us because we are all different. Some of us do small things like a penny; others do big things like a quarter. Some of us look polished like a silver dollar; others are more faded like a nickle that has exchanged hands many times over the years. But God sees the value in each of us. He doesn’t discard us because we are small. God looks at the heart. He values every person the same – no matter how big or small, short or tall, male or female. He looks at every person as the most valuable coin in the piggy bank.
We should do the same. God loves us all and we should also love one another. In John 13:34-35 Jesus said, ” A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another”.
So the next time you see a penny, think about how valuable it is. Think about how God values every person in this big piggy bank of a world. I think He may just send down pennies from heaven as our reminder at just the right time.