I Threw Away a Penny Today

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“Craig here. I threw away a penny today. I swept it off the kitchen floor with crumbs,
dog hair…and dust. …Since when did a penny become trash to me?
My answer: when my pride designated it as worthless
and my laziness designated it as not worth my time to collect.
Since when did I discount that which was created to be counted?
…looking for the big and [discounting] all the small.
And once again He uses the natural to teach supernatural truth.”
*Craig from K-LOVE’s Morning Show
“whatever you did for one the least of these…
you did for me.” Matthew 25:40b NIV
I threw away a penny today,
Swept up in some crumbs and dust.
So there in a pile of dog hair lay
Those words, “In God We Trust.”
One little cent seemed far too small
To warrant picking up.
I didn’t care, cuz after all
It wasn’t worth that much.
But as I thought on what I’d done,
It then occurred to me:
Since when does size alone become
The worth of what I see?
Does it not say in God’s own Word
He sees the sparrow fall,
And clothes the flowers in the field?
He values one and all.
To Him there is no one or thing
Beneath His reach of grace.
No matter, then, how small or big,
To Him it has a place.
How can I then discount a thing
Simply based on its size?
I must learn to see everything
Through God’s more gracious eyes;
And not let pride or laziness
Keep me from what is right;
But pull the treasures from the mess –
That’s living in the Light.
©Lisa DeVinney, May 2014
*K-LOVE Morning Show’s Facebook post, May 2, 2014

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