Many times in life we get discouraged because we think we are not
of making a difference in life. We need to remember that in our
strength we will only get minimal results, but with the guidance
inspiration of the Lord, we will always get extraordinary results.
get discouraged when the world tries to make you feel unworthy,
rejoice and know that God is able to do great things with your
only you submit to Him and let God lead the way.
This is a true story that has been passed around many times since
first written in 1912. I hope you will be encouraged by this
shows what God can do with a pure and surrendered heart.
GOD AND 57 CENTS
A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had
turned away because it was too crowded. "I can't go to Sunday
sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.
Seeing her shabby, unkempt, appearance, the pastor guessed the
taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her
Sunday School class. The child was so touched that she went to bed
night thinking of the children who had no place to learn about
Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor
buildings and the parents called for the kind-hearted pastor who
befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements. As her
little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found
seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was
cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting that read,
"This is to
help build the little church bigger so more children can go to
School." For two years she had saved for this offering of love.
When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what
do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the
told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged
deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger
But the story doesn't end there! A newspaper learned of the story
published it. A realtor who read it offered them a parcel of land
many thousands. When told that the church could not pay that
offered it for a total of 57 cents. Church members made large
Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's
had increased to $250,000.00--A huge sum for that time (near the
the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.
When you're in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist
with a seating capacity of 3,300, and Temple University, where
students are trained.
Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday
building that houses hundreds of Sunday scholars, so that no child
area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.
In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of
face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved,
Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H.
author of the book, Acres of Diamonds.
Goes to show what God can do with unselfish love for others and 57
We don't always understand why bad things happen to good people
in this story, but we need to remember that God is the One who
big picture. He sometimes accomplishes the goal at hand in
than we would do it. Just because God does it differently in ways
do not always understand, I want you to be confident and know that
in control and will always bring good out of the bad that we see.
Remember what God says in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For My thoughts are not
thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as
heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your
and My thoughts than your thoughts." Also we need to keep in mind
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for
them that love God, to them who are the called according to His
Encourage yourself today in the Lord and know that God is able to
amazing things with your life if only you submit to Him and ask
would lead the way. God may not do things the way you imagined,
assured His ways are always bigger and better than our ways.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:3-5 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."
Job 13:15-18 "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I
maintain mine own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation:
hypocrite shall not come before Him. Hear diligently my speech,
declaration with your ears. Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I
that I shall be justified."
Romans 8:38-39 "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry