There, lying in the parking lot is a small, copper coin. It catches your eye. But it’s not silver nor green so you just pass it by as you enter the store. It’s just a penny, echoes the thought in your mind.
Why? Why do so many people pass over pennies? Yes it’s only 1¢, but is not the ocean made up of only tiny droplets of water? It’s surprising how so little, can add up to be so much. In 2012, for a whole year I collected all my spare change in a cup. After the year, I had over $110! And ¼ of that were pennies!
It’s just a penny. You’re just a teenager.
How many times do people underestimate us? “It’s too hard,” “Be realistic,” “You’re not athletic,” “You’re not smart enough,” “There’s no way that you can achieve that.” These are all lies.
There are people in are lives who underestimate us, who tear us down—and there will always be these people, but all you have to do is stuff your fingers in your ears and stop listening to them. Yes, there will be times when you fail and you will not always succeed, but our failures help strengthen and mold us. And if you truly want something, (and if it’s God’s will), you will achieve it! Not matter your age nor your size, you can achieve anything! Did not David, a small shepherd boy, defeat a giant with only a sling and stone? Was not Middle Earth saved by a Hobbit, the smallest of creatures?
After the Joplin tornado in 2011, there was an 8-year old girl named Cee Cee in Tennessee, who had heard news of the tornado. She had no family in Missouri, no friends, not even any acquaintances, and yet she had decided that she was going to help them. She was going to knit elephants. She was going to knit elephants, and give them to hurting kids in Joplin, while at the same time she would have people make bids on them (they couldn’t buy them, only donate). By the time that Cee Cee was 9-years old, she had raised over $10,000 for Joplin!
There are thousands of examples of the least-unlikely raising up and accomplishing goals that they were not supposed to achieve, but imagine how many more there could be if we all took this lesson to heart?
“In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of
considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were
serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child.
Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by
a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and
was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was
Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that
the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the
abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her
son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians
predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought
of it as a mass of fetal tissue.
While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to
consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband:
If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and
eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam’s
youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital
visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines. He also
plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.”–Facebook
The next time that you see a penny lying in the parking lot, will you pick it up?