“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

What can you buy for a penny these days? There used to be gumballs and candies that could be had for a cent. I’m old enough to remember when you could get a pencil for a penny. My town has one store with a mechanical pony ride that’s still a penny—that seems like a rarity these days!

Pennies are so small in value that I’ve seen people walk past dropped pennies on the sidewalk without taking a second glance. They’re not worth the effort it takes to pick them up.

But some people are willing to pay more for a penny. There are coin collectors who will pay five, ten, even fifty dollars or more for a penny. Suddenly the value of that coin increases considerably. When I look at that coin, I see something worth just a tiny fraction of a dollar. But that collector who paid a large sum for the same coin sees an item of great value. Something worth way more than a cent.

As women, we often put a low value on ourselves. We think of ourselves as the pennies of humanity. We put the needs of everyone else before our own, put ourselves down with negative comments, and compare ourselves to others so much that we think we’re worth less than that penny on the ground, unnoticed by passerby.

But God paid a huge price for us. He gave his Son for you and for me. Not just dollars or jewels or bars of gold. His Son! When God looks at us, he sees women of great worth. Women of great value. Women worth of love, of care, of respect. That’s you I’m talking about! You have amazing value to God. And so do the women you’re serving day in and day out through your ministry.

During this time of year we’re busy with holidays and celebrations, take a moment to thank God for valuing you enough to send Jesus. He thinks you’re worth it. And so do I!


Amy Nappa, former and much-loved the Champion for Women’s Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado.