A Penny In My Pocket

While I was in Seminary, I was given the chance to go out for lunch with Dave Criswell, a business man, Christian philanthropist and an extremely wealthy man. As we approached one of the finest restaurants in the city, Dave, who was walking slightly ahead of me, stopped suddenly and looked for a long, silent moment.

On the ground in front of him was a penny someone had dropped. Dave picked up the penny. He held it up, smiled, and put it in his pocket… as if he had found a great treasure.

I said to myself, somewhat sarcastically, “Now I know how he got rich.” But, I kept thinking about that penny in his pocket. What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he take the time to pick it up? What was the big smile all about? Throughout dinner, this question nagged me. Toward the end of dinner, I finally got the courage to ask.

A smile crept across Dave’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and handed it to me. “Look at it,” he said. “Read what it says.”

On the penny, I read, “United States of America.” “No, not that; read further.”

“One cent?”

“No, keep reading.”

“In God We Trust?”

“Yes!”

He said, “Whenever I find a coin, I see that inscription. I pray, checking to see if my trust is in God, at that very moment. And, for a short time, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me.”

Since that day, a long time ago, I’ve picked up a lot of pennies. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

Jesus said, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:20

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Jesus said, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:20