See a penny, pick it up. And all the day you’ll have good luck.
I saw a penny on the ground yesterday. I was too busy to pick it up. Too disinterested. It was, after all, only a penny. A dull and weathered one. Tails no less. I think the pre-requisite for pocketing stray coins must be heads only. At least if you want the good luck part.
I once had a boss who used to throw pennies in the trash. He considered them worthless, a waste of pocket space. One cent won’t get you too far. Penny candy costs at least five cents now.
Penny for your thoughts? Social media has made it possible to share your thoughts for free. Even your opinion isn’t worth much anymore.
So when I saw the penny sitting on the sidewalk, I stepped over it. I wonder how many others did the same. My guess is someone closer to the ground spotted it because it was gone the next day. I can picture the scene:
The child’s eyes grow large and bright. A penny! His tiny hand drops from his mother’s larger one as he stops to pick it up. His mother abruptly halts when she feels her son’s grip loosen and then fall away. She turns to see her little one clutching the dirty coin, and slaps his fist.
“Ew, that’s dirty!”
The light in his eyes grows dim as he releases his treasure from his grip. His mother picks him up to load him in his car seat, all the while explaining about germs.
Too often we are that penny.
Our contributions are overlooked. Our bodies are ridiculed. Our talents go unnoticed or ignored. We’re called ugly. Stupid. Fat. Dirty. Worthless. Useless. Maybe not to our faces. Maybe not even by anyone but ourselves.
We believe that we are not lovable, lovely, or loving enough. A dirty penny.
Not worth the investment. We tell ourselves we have no value.
What if I told you that you’re worth far more than a penny? In fact, you’re worth more than rubies. God’s Word says so. A wife of noble character who can find? She’s worth more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10).
Let’s break this down a bit. Forget the wife connotation. Not every woman who reads this has a husband. You can still be a woman of noble character without being married. In fact, I think it takes more strength to stay virtuous as an unmarried woman.
The Hebrew root of the word noble has many meanings: strong, capable, excellent, virtuous…and worthy.
A woman like that is apparently hard to find. But when we turn to Jesus for our value instead of looking to others for affirmation that will validate our identity, we become virtuous, noble, capable, strong, excellent…and worthy. Worth more than not only a single ruby, but multiple ones.
The value of an entire mine full of gems cannot compare to the treasure God says we are. We are worth more than rubies simply because he has deemed us so. We are his workmanship, his creation. We are God’s strong, capable, virtuous, excellent and worthy women!
The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Being discarded like a dirty penny can make us feel undervalued, worthless, and discouraged. But it won’t kill us. Especially if we turn to the One who sees us as worth more than rubies. He will make us strong.
When I sat down to write this article, I noticed a penny sitting on the coffee table, right next to my computer. I pocketed it to remind me that I am worth more than a penny. A couple days later, I spotted a shiny penny in the same spot as the dirty one I’d walked past. I picked it up.
It was heads.
Mary Dolan Flaherty is a quirky gal who loves to encourage people and make them laugh. She writes and speaks with self-deprecating humor and transparency, saying what most people think but won’t admit. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, whom she affectionately calls Hubbles, and has two grown children and two grand-dogs. Mary enjoys hiking, theatre, music, gardening, and traveling and can be found blogging at SonRiseInsights.blogspot.com.