Times are hard. I don't have to tell you that mostly everyone in our country has been affected by the downturn of the economy. It might sound a little cliche but I feel that, at least in my family, "every dollar hurts." I'm currently unemployed, and have been for almost a year now, and my family has been struggling financially for the past several. Finding and being without a job has been difficult to say the least. And while a dollar might not seem like a lot, believe me, it can go a long way.
My mom recently let me keep the spare change after purchasing my medications, and I had the intention of saving every last cent for the next "need to pay" circumstance (be it a doctor's bill, the vet appointment coming up, or toll). But, today I decided to bring a dollar with me to church. To give for the offering.
I haven't even thought of giving a personal offering for years. I didn't even consider that the need to applied to me. That was always for "grown-ups" or people with regular incomes. People that could give. But here I was, with a recent "windfall" of a small sum and I decided I would give it today. Because everyone can give. No matter how much, or little we have.
I felt such a joy, having that dollar bill in my pocket, knowing that it was going to be given. It felt special. And when I dropped it into the offering bucket, the young lady passing it along gave me the biggest, brightest smile as she beamed and said "Thank you!" It felt so joyous to give.
I know it's only dollar, but I figure - hey, every dollar counts. (: