What I Learned from a 9 Year Old…

I spend a lot of time trying to make a big difference. I work hard to be relevant, new, impressive, and life changing. Sometimes I don’t do something because I feel like, “Eh, it won’t be worth it. It won’t make a big difference.” Sometimes, I work so hard to reach people that I pass right by the people I’m working hard to reach.

It’s sad. Really.

The other day, I was talking to our team about a family that needed some groceries. I asked if they’d like to donate some money to help the family and everybody chipped in a little bit. I thanked them and went on. As I was about to leave a young man, maybe about 9 or 10 walked up to me and said, “I want to help.”

I thought, “Aw, isn’t that sweet, the young man wants to help.”

I said, “Oh, you want to help with the groceries?”


He must’ve overheard me talking to the team.

He then reached into his pocket and pulled out four folded, crumpled one dollar bills and stretched out his hand to give me his contribution to the family.

My stomach turned upside down.

I said, “Are you sure?”

He simply shrugged and nodded.

I. Was. Blown. Away.

This young man didn’t care one bit that all he could give was 4 dollars. He was doing his part.

Unbelievable. I want to be just like that.

Not caring if what I give is small or large, I want to give it all. Everything I’ve got to help those in need know that God loves them and Jesus died for them.


andy ::

About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just mine...so, don't get upset).
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