I forget what year it was but I was married at the time with three daughters back in Brooklyn NY. I was at IBC. International Baptist Church of Vanderbilt Ave. Working as Assistant to the Principal of ICS, International Christian School.
While I underwent training for the job in NY State, the leader of the meetings in the morning would give us a five-minute Challenge. Much like a little sermonette.
I implemented the “Challenge” as routine for the morning assembly of students. I would meet from time to time with other kids who wanted to give the morning Challenge, I would cultivate the preparations and creative skill within them needed to assemble one. But on the morning of this story, I am about to tell I happened to give the Challenge.
That having been done, I was going by the office (a room to the side of the stage) when I heard one of the girls crying and I saw Mrs. Silverstein holding her as she did so and the girl trembled. Seeing me, the Teacher called to me. Lizzette was the student. The story relayed was that Lizzette, who attended another congregation was swamped with responsibilities there. She headed up far too many jobs, working with kids and even cleaning the Church and taking care of the Nursery besides. She was having trouble with her school work on top of it all.
She had made up her mind to give up one of her responsibilities. That is, until this morning.
The Challenge was about the Widow and her last Mite. She gave it all withholding nothing back from the work (Treasury). Strangely enough, I had said, “Whether it is your time or money…”
Who was I to stop her from giving her all?
If in her daily walk now she would get a second wind or if some new kid would step forth and desire one of her offices to fill and take it off her hand. Or if some grown up would see what this kid (Lizzette) was doing and intercede. But for the time being this crying brought about a release which made her Faith the more powerful, more meaningful, we just don’t know the role these things are made to fulfill. ==========================================================
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