These days a penny seems almost worthless. When you can so easily flash a credit or debit card, having them jingling in your pocket makes hardly any cents. Feel free to make sense of that! But there is one simple reason why a penny could still have big value for you.
Are you guessing that I might be talking about collecting them in a big jar, taking it to the automatic counting machine at your supermarket, and then turning it in as a donation to your favorite charity?
That would be a thought surely worth assent!
But no, I’m talking about a reason why I, with 4 long legs that make it difficult to bend down, will still zealously stoop down to pick up a penny every time I see one on the ground. Dingy or shiny, it’s well worth the effort.
Because it will inspire me to read the 4 foundational words above President Abraham Lincoln’s head: IN GOD WE TRUST.
The just shall live by faith and a good definition of faith is relaxed trust in God. In the Old Testament the concept of faith was translated “trust” (Hebrew “batach”) in 154 places.
Spotting a penny a day and reading its inscription reminds me that God “meant” us to have relaxed trust in Him. It reminds me to ask each day for the faith of Christ, not try to work it up on my own moosey effort.
FUN FACT: Moose is the largest of the deer species. Speaking of trust, we count on you not to mistake us during deer hunting season! We don’t harm you unless provoked, frightened–or shot at! We males don’t like to be confronted during mating season in September-October. Our females won’t put up with a threat to their calves.