The Penny Syndrome

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pennyTo love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

1 Samuel 17:34-37

New International Version (NIV)

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

The penny was ment to deface Ahbraham Lincoln, you know its semetry is directly related to his belief of freeing the men of color. It speaks volumes about what they thought of such a great man. The penny has been called the most despised unit of US currancy. many people will not bother to pick up one-cent if they see it lying on the ground. But some charities are finding that pennies add up to significant sums and that children are generous givers. As one participant said, "Small contributions can make a hugh difference."

The Bible accounts of David and Goliath describes a seemingly insignifigant person whose confidence in God was greater than any of the powerful people around him. When David volunteered to face the giant Goliath, King Saul said, "You are not able to go against this philistine". But David had faith in the Lord who delivered him in the past.

David did not suffer from "the penny syndrome"–a sense of Inferiority and helplessness in the face of an overwhelming problem. If he had listened to the pessimism of Saul or the threats of Goliath, he would have done nothing. Instead, he acted with courage because he trusted God.

It's easy to feel like a penny in a trillion-dollar deficit. But when we obey the Lord in every circumstance, it all adds up. Collectively, our acts of faith, large or small, make a big difference. And every penny counts.

In matters not how large or small
Your faith may seem to be;
What really counts is whom you trust
In life's uncertainty.

Courage will follow when faith takes the lead….

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