How Much is a Mite
How much is a mite? Now that is a great question! The original mite, as noted in previous posts, was 2 small copper coins (about a penny). That was the actual worldly monetary value. But since that donation of 2 copper coins was recognized by Jesus Christ, the most dominating figure in all of human existence, and since the widow’s mite was added as an account in a gospel of the Bible, the most read book in all of history, we think the value of that first mite is obviously of much greater value than what the world put on it.
But here’s the thing, a mite given today is just as valuable as the first one given. From eMite’s viewpoint a mite is as valuable as the love and life that is represented in it. The widow in Mark’s account gave her mite, noted as all she had, out of obedience and love of her God. Likewise, today a person gives their Mite and in so doing offers a piece of themselves, sacrificially without acclaim, to help others in need. How do you value that action? How much is that worth? Frankly we don’t know. We can put a value on things that Mites are used to buy such as water, medical procedures, schoolrooms, blankets, etc. But that is just the value the world puts on those items. How much is a blanket worth when it is given through a selfless act of an eMiter desiring to help the homeless? We don’t know the answer, but we are pretty sure it is a whole lot!
Whatever your gift, whether it is a donation of $1 or $1000, or an act of service to help another, a kind word or a hug when one is needed, that gift, your Mite, is beyond our ability to accurately value. But please be assured that we will treat it as if it were the most valuable thing ever given.