Wednesday, October 12, 2005

God sees the heart above all, and that's the tooth

A little girl, Briton Nordmeyer, sends her tooth to the Red Cross, hoping the tooth fairy will leave money there for the victims of Hurricane Katrina instead of under her pillow. In the natural world we say, "That's cute," and then under our breaths, "But that's all it is." Some people might even chide the news for carrying such a story. But I think it's an encouraging example of what a good-hearted person with little to offer financially can do. And somebody sent a $500 donation on her behalf (perhaps there were more donations related to her gift). Whatever the final financial results of her offering, God will bless her mightily.

Mark 10: 13-16:
13And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (ESV)

I wonder if the disciples were thinking, We can't let those kids bother Jesus. He's got more important, adult, things to deal with. Seems Jesus not only disagreed with them; He was "indignant." Pretty strong word. How dare we begrudge children from giving anything simply because it doesn't add up to much financially. Jesus shows us that we can learn a lot from a child's innocent offering.

Briton truly believed her gift would make a big difference, and she gave for the right reasons. May God help people see His priorities through this story.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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