Little Becomes Much

May 17th, 2010

On May 10, 2010 Time Magazine published their list of the most influential 100 people in the world. My favorite is Chen Shu-chu, cited for her “small,  extraordinary acts of kindness.”

A vegetable vendor in a market in southern Taiwan, she has made an ordinary, modest living all her life. Yet, she has donated the equivalent of $320,000 to several non-profits. A childrens’ fund, a library and an orphanage all received Chen Shu-chu’s donations.

The article goes on to quote her saying, “There isn’t much to talk about, because I did not enter any competition…I haven’t really made any huge donations.”

To sum up her philosophy of giving, she said, “Money serves its purpose only when it is used for those who need it.”

These thoughts echo a song that was sung at my wedding 20 years ago. (Happy Anniversary to me!)

“Just ordinary people, God uses ordinary people

He uses people, just like you and me

To do what He commands.

He uses people, who will give their all

No matter how small the road may be.

Little becomes much, when you place it in the Master’s hands.”

What “little” do you have that could be “much” for someone else? Figure it out, pray about it, and then give it away. God’s multiplication of resources will make a huge difference. And if you are like me, ordinary, your pleasure in giving will surpass any pleasure you may have had up until now, receiving.

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