Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were placed and watched as the crowd put their money into the temple treasury. Many of the rich threw away large amounts. But a poor widow came and put two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave of their wealth; but she, coming out of her poverty, put everything in, everything she had to live. – Mark 12: 41-43 NIV
The recent actions of a Natchez woman at a Walmart store in Canton, Texas, reminded me of this passage. It’s easy to give abundance, but when you’re struggling as a single parent, working in nursing school, or battling cancer, it’s not so much.
Joyce Hargrave did all of these things and even through these struggles she counted her blessings and gave to others freely. No one other than Hargrave was surprised when his kind actions were finally noticed by others and acknowledged.
Hargrave said that when all the cards were against her, God chose to bless her to be a blessing to others. It was his excuse for doing a random act of kindness for strangers in the Walmart checkout line. After attempting to use a faulty credit card to do their Christmas shopping, Hargrave without hesitation stepped in and said she would pay for it.
When they protested, because Christmas shopping doesn’t come cheap, Hargrave insisted.
She said to them, “God has blessed me, so I will bless you.
Hargrave, a successful business owner today, said she’s come out of tough life situations to get to where she is. Because of this, she understands what it means to be in trouble.
But instead of keeping what she has, she gives it to someone else, and not just at Christmas.
Her story inspires us all. This prompts us not to give in order to be recognized, but because someone needs it and, by the grace of God, we can help.