The Gospel of Mark tells of a scene at the treasury of the temple in Jerusalem where countless wealthy elites filled the temple’s coffers with lavish donations. While the elite made their donations, Jesus Christ and His disciples watched as a lone widow made her way through the treasury and cast in two mites—a meager donation that, monetarily, could hardly have been worth taking to the temple. Of that widow, however, the Lord said, “[T]his poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasure: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44).
That little act of devotion drew Jesus’ attention, and He taught His disciples that the real quality of our efforts is much more important to Him than the apparent quantity of our efforts. How much more meaningful it was for the widow to cast in all of the very little that she had than it was for the elites of Jerusalem to cast in a little of all that they had! I hope that that widow’s faith-filled act of casting mites, meager though they were, into the treasury of the temple will serve as a model for me and for all those who visit this site. I wrote in my first post here:
As I think more about that widow and her mites…I suppose that the lesson is not just one of how small acts can make a big difference, but it is also a lesson of how we should feel about the small and simple good we can do each day…. I’m certainly guilty of holding back on certain occasions because I didn’t think that my contribution would measure up, but that is exactly what that mighty widow teaches us not to do. She approached the treasury of the temple with her two mites and no doubt saw the others pouring their wealth into the coffers, but, rather than be ashamed of the size of her offering, she boldly gave her contribution to the Lord. She didn’t compare her offering to the offerings of others, she didn’t apologize for not having more to give, and she didn’t decide that her offering was too small to be worth giving. She recognized the importance of giving what she had to give and trusted that it would be enough.
Thus, I hope that what I write about my faith in a loving God, though it be small in the daily scope of things, will be a blessing to any who read the words that I share. I hope that the few mites that I cast in will help others to recognize the value of their mites and to understand that, when they cast those mites in faith, the Lord will surely notice, and He will magnify their devotion and bless them with happiness now and forever, for, as the Book of Mormon teaches: “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).