The Value of Seemingly Spare Change

Change is good, they say. And I agree.

I opened the top drawer of my desk over lunch and found a Ziploc bag of dimes, quarters, and pennies (and probably some nickels) tucked back in the left-hand corner. I was trying to find a pencil, but all I found was change. I’m certain it was a compilation of grocery runs and coffee dates from last semester, but I had forgotten it even existed. All of the coins that seemed so little at the time have now combined to be a considerable amount of change.

In the same way that the spare change from grocery runs and coffee dates add up over time, the change that happens in people and situations add up, too. And that’s something that I am perhaps too good at forgetting.

The little changes prepare us for the big conclusions.

Change is good.
Just a little change can add up to be a lot.

As I found in my desk drawer, the littlest things will add up to be a lot. If we fail to recognize the little changes as they come, we might miss seeing the full picture when it arises – or worse, the full picture will hit us like we never saw it coming.

In classwork, in relationships, in all of the change that life can bring, know that your journey is taking shape the way it is meant to be. If you have something on your heart, keep the faith. Look for the changes leading toward the big picture. Everything will add up accordingly.

Next time you find a penny, I encourage you to pick it up. I can’t promise you’ll have good luck, but if you find 149 more, you’ll be able to afford a coffee at Lemonjello’s.


What changes has this semester brought you so far? Tweet at me @hopesophie17. Questions or comments? Comment below or send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu. Have a great week!

Published by Sophie Guetzko

Hey, I'm Sophie. I'm a third year college student graduating a year early, in May 2016. Follow me (I'm a Leadership minor) @hopesophie17 on Twitter and Instagram, send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu-- I'd love to chat (I'm a Communication major). While on campus, I've been involved with numerous Bible Studies, The Anchor newspaper, CFL Consulting, and recently started my own t-shirt company through the CFL Incubator program. Hope to talk soon!

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