Dropping Pennies

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It amazes me how God can use the littlest things in my life to speak the greatest messages. 

I was driving to work this morning, minding my own business when I saw the strangest thing – a penny.  Now in and of itself, a penny is pretty much worthless.  Can you think of the last time you bought something for a penny?  Yeah, me neither.

In fact, I think it costs more to make a penny than it does to spend a penny, which is why the Treasury in its infinite wisdom has stopped making true copper pennies.  Why don’t they just eliminate pennies altogether?

So back to the drawing board, why did God pull my attention towards this small, insignificant penny?  What on earth could He possibly teach me from this single image?

In a world where we “Bring it on” “like a Boss” while we are “popping bottles in the club” screaming “YOLO” because we are trying to “keep up with the Kardashians, God began to ask me, “Are you dropping pennies?”


Have you ever seen a child find a “lucky penny” on the ground?  It’s amazing how that one, miniscule penny can have the power to change that child’s life for the moment.  Tears turn to smiles and laughter and the child will carry it in their pocket all day, reaching in every once in a while to make sure it is still there – to be reminded that they were chosen to carry such a token.

Even as adults, we feel special when we see a shiny coin on the sidewalk.  Some of us smile as we are picking it up and others acknowledge its insignificance, leaving it for another captor to find.  In either case despite its poor appearance, we all feel somewhat distinguished from the masses as it seems we were hand-picked for the moment.

Have you ever thought maybe pennies were dropped on purpose?   Maybe the owner of the penny was paying his newfound “luck” forward by dropping a penny at the grocery store for another unsuspecting individual to pick up?  Maybe the wind blew a penny where it would cross your path and you would know how special you were?  Just maybe…there is a purpose for pennies.

So back to the original question God asked me –

“Are you dropping pennies?”


In this day and age, we have forgotten how to drop pennies.  We have forgotten how to bless our neighbor by dropping a single coin in their path.  We have forgotten that sometimes a child needs a dropped penny to smile and laugh again.  Maybe we forget because we are too busy to see the path ahead of us- too busy scouring Facebook or Twitter to find the latest trend, too busy texting friends, too busy trying to get ahead of our coworkers for the promotion, too busy playing church on Sunday but living like a demon on Monday… too busy.   We forget about the pennies that were laid out before us when we were younger.  We forget about how those who came before us knew that dropping pennies was as important as breathing.  After all without dropped pennies, breathing just becomes existence and existence isn’t life.


Am I saying that we should liter the earth with millions of pennies?  Of course not!  In fact, I’m really not talking about money at all.   I’m talking about dropping blessings on others – small, miniscule blessings.  If you smile at someone, you dropped a penny.  If you helped an elderly lady put her groceries in her car, you dropped a penny.   If you allowed someone ahead of you in line, you dropped a penny.   If you told your child “I love you,” you dropped a penny.

Do you see where I am going?

A hug, a smile, a sincere “how are you?”- these things don’t cost us anything but maybe a little bit of our time.  To those who receive the dropped pennies, it usually means the world to them.    If you have ever had a bad day, you know what I’m talking about.  One smile or sincere “I’m sorry” can make a day better that has already gone to hell and back.

I want to challenge you to drop pennies everywhere you go. 
Drop pennies of hope. 
Drop pennies of joy. 
Drop pennies of love. 
Drop pennies of forgiveness. 
Maybe one day, we’ll see that dropping pennies CAN change the world!



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