Giving everything means more than simply giving out of comfort. It means stretching beyond my abundance and giving when there’s not much to give. Relinquishing lavishly until there’s no safety net.
That’s what a widow did—she gave out of her poverty. Two mites was all she had to live on, yet she gave both mites to God. Her offering didn’t fit her budget. She gave everything. Giving is not comfortable, but it’s obedient.
The teacher handed out replications of the widow’s mites. A bowl was passed down the isle and we each took one. After class was over, I stayed to chat with the teacher. Her words spoke to me in a very unintentional, but powerful way.
“Dawna, did you take a mite?”
“Yes, thank you. What a wonderful lesson.”
She picked up the bowl and handed it to me. “Take another mite. You need two.”
She was being generous—wanting me to have another mite, but Someone was speaking to the depths of my soul: Take two mites so that you remember one great lesson: Give everything you have, in all you do. Just GIVE. I want you to give your all—all your love, give your full attention, give your time, give grace, give forgiveness… Give freely, give recklessly. GIVE your all, Dawna. Just as I have given My all—my Son.
She gave me two mites. And it spoke to the core of my being.
I placed one of those mites in a glass locket and I wear it around my neck. Reminding me each time I put it on, to give everything. To give my all, each moment. Just as His all was given for me.
“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.’ ” Luke 21:1-4