"The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.'"
Right after we get married, Danny and I begin the practice of saving our loose change from the day's expenditures in a plastic container. We fondly call it our "mad money". The kind we will cash in when the container is full and put toward a cabin vacation in the mountains.
It is a slow, ever-so-gradual accumulation of coins. There are times when I wonder as I empty out my change if we will ever fill it to the top. It takes, on average, six months to go from this:
Amazing! It's so heavy, I find it hard to lift, even with both hands. So, Danny says he'll take it for me to the money sorting machine at our local grocery store.
While he's gone, I think again about how long it took to filly the container. A quarter here. A nickel there. Over and over and over and over. And, every little bit contributed matters greatly in the end.
It's that way with every act of kindness we show someone. A smile. The cheery "hello". That encouraging word. These may seem as inconsequential as a penny at the time. But, when we make these gestures over and over and over and over, something wonderful happens in the bank account of our heart.
It grows! Exponentially! Pennies from Heaven!
And, we are wealthier in spirit than ever we could have imagined.
My phone rings. It's Danny.
"We broke the record today," he announces.
"How much? How much?" I ask excitedly.
"One hundred and sixty bucks," he answers.
"Wow! That's incredible!"
And, indeed, it is. One coin at a time. One kindness at a time.
Incredible . . .
Will you enrich the bank account of your heart today?
Will you pray with me?
In all that we do and say, Father, let us practice kindness toward others. Help us to love them as we love ourselves. May the light of Your love and mercy guide us in all things. Amen.