Small Change Brings Big Payoffs


You can’t always offer a grand gesture to show your love. So, do what you can—even the smallest effort goes a long way!

I have a jar of change next to my desk at home. There’s nothing special about it. It’s just a large glass jar that Jeannie thought would look good in my study. Some time ago, I started dropping my spare change in the jar. The growing pile of coins looked pretty cool. Like most guys, I hate carrying loose change in my pockets. So, I just throw it in there.

A few months ago I took the jar to a change counter and I had over $300! Over three hundred dollars in pennies, nickels, quarters, and dimes!

Most of us have big projects in our lives and we’ve learned that no matter how large the project, we can get it done if we break it down into small steps.

Our marriages are the same way. Our gestures of love don’t always have to be over-the-top romantic getaways with expensive dinners and violins playing in the background.

Love, true love, is expressed, more times than not, in “small change” ways. It’s small things like knowing how she likes her coffee or making sure you always buy his favorite cookies at the grocery store. It’s holding hands while you watch TV or running the errand when the other is pressed for time.

Believe it or not, these small change gestures add up to substantial sums over time. Like coins in my jar, little gestures of love slowly build into a surprising windfall.

You can’t always do the grand gesture to show your love. So, do what you can. Even the smallest effort adds up!


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