TCA 5K student TJ Odom is a small child. But despite being a small child, his huge heart and amazing faith demonstrates how child-like faith can serve as an inspiration to us all.
You see, TCA has been conducting a building fund for some time to provide for additional classroom space. Young TJ felt led to break open his piggy bank and donate the entire contents… ALL of it!
How does this inform our own christian practice? Let’s take a look at a Biblical narrative about the Widow’s Mite.
The lesson of the widow’s mite is presented in the Gospels (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4), in which Jesus is teaching at the Temple in Jerusalem. The Gospel of Mark specifies that two mites (Greek lepta) are together worth a quadrans, the smallest Roman coin. A lepton was the smallest and least valuable coin in circulation in Judea, worth about six minutes of an average daily wage.
“He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.’
TJ demonstrated Biblical sacrifice to advance a cause that was dear to his heart. He wanted to be someone whose actions would bring about a positive change. And he moved forward, in faith, with a belief that his small part would lead to great things.
Way to go, TJ! May we all learn a lesson from this small child, with a huge heart and amazing faith! TJ gave it all. What will you give?