Our Collective Mite


mite [noun]:  a small coin or sum of money, a very little

If you put your tithe check in the church collection plate at the beginning of each month, what do you put in the plate at other services the rest of the month?  It’s so easy to tell yourself, “I’m covered.  I’ve already given.”  

But, think about this.  What if every person put something, a mite,  in the collection plate every time?  A dollar … even change.

First of all, the visual of Mommy and Daddy’s consistent giving, no matter how small, would reinforce the act of giving in the impressionable minds of children.  Very small children don’t see “money” when they see an offering envelope go into the plate.  And children can be really young and be given a small coin to put in themselves.

Each time an offering plate is passed, it is another opportunity for us to show God that we remember that everything we have is by His grace, by repeatedly giving  a portion of what we have, no matter how small, back to Him.

The Devil knows our weaknesses and vanities and plays us like a violin.  So, he whispers in our ear, “You don’t want to insult God with that piddly little amount.  Better to wait until you have more to give.”

I have heard of parents who give their children a coin to drop in the plate, and have taught them to softly say the word “thankful” as they do it.

Jesus fed the 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread.  If every Christian put something, no matter how small,  in the collection plate every time it was passed, how might  God use those small amounts to do big things in His name?

And how pleasing to God’s ear would be a chorus of softly spoken “thankful’s”!

4 Responses to Our Collective Mite

  1. Karen says:

    You are right and it’s something that I never really thought about, that way, at least !

    Good post !!

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Karen! Happy Sunday! 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    This is a thought-provoking post, Sandra. I think it’s one I’ll be thinking about in the days to come. We have set up our giving through our bank’s online bill pay system. It’s so easy because it’s automatic–we don’t have to think about it. But I haven’t thought about how my kids will see that. At this point they’re in the nursery the entire service, but I’d like to find a way to help them see us giving, and even for them to give, too. Thank you for making me think!

  4. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’m glad if I gave you something to think about. I DO think it makes a strong visual impression with children (and even with adults who struggle with the concept of giving) when they see the plate passed, and see those around them putting money in. And it’s always especially sweet to see a very small child drop a coin in themselves.

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