All That You Have…

You have heard the expressions.   Give it all you got.   He gave 110%.   If 100% is everything how can anyone give 110%?  It’s an exaggeration, a hyperbole, meant to express extreme, extra effort.  Go the extra mile is another to convey the same idea.


There’s the beautiful story in Mark 12 of the widow:


And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting in money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he call his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.


There something special about those words, everything she had.  She gave her whole living. Effort means a lot.  As we think about 2013 it is good to think about our effort.


An old Peanuts comic strip says it well.  Charlie Brown cracks open his piggy bank.  He says to Lucy, Look, I’ve got $9.11 to spend on Christmas.


Lucy: You can’t buy something for everyone with $9.11, Charlie Brown.


Charlie Brown: Oh yea?  Well, I’m gonna try!


Lucy: Then they’re sure gonna be cheap presents.


Charlie Brown: Nothing is cheap if it cost all that you have.

And it’s true: Nothing is cheap if it cost all that you have.