All In


Dear Scribes and Widows,

“A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then Jesus called his disciples and said, ‘ Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all the rest …” (Mark 12:42,43)

Years ago I remember watching Maya Angeloudev being interviewed on the Today Show. She was asked what was on her ”Wish List.”  With all that she had accomplished in her life, could there be any more “objectives,” anymore “conditions unfulfilled.” Being a note taker, I ran to get some paper expecting that Maya would say something profound and she did not disappoint.

“Oh , my Lord , yes,” she exclaimed . “I want to become a better writer. I am very serious about that. It’s what I am. It’s how I describe myself to myself, and (I want to be) a better human being . I’m trying to be a Christian, which is no small matter. I mean it—I’m always amazed….when (people ) walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian , ‘I always think , ‘Already? You’ve already got it ? My goodness.”

Angelou was right and still is. Jesus wants us to be all in. To release enough of what we think brings security , that we must hold tight to the God who never lets us go. The scribes had no clue, but the widow was all in!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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