Little Pressures

The Westminster Clock Tower in London (mistakenly referred to as “Big Ben,” the name of the bell within the tower) was built in the 1800’s, and has since become an international, instantly recognizable landmark. The clock faces stand 180 feet above ground, and each one is 23 feet across. Housed within the structure is a massive swinging pendulum that regulates the clockwork mechanism. This pendulum weighs in at over 660 pounds, yet sitting on the top of this weight are a number of old English pennies. The minute mass added by each penny might seem to be negligible amount, but for each penny removed or added, two-fifths of a second are gained or lost per day.

Two-fifths of a second. Not much…right?

But, given 100 years, at that rate, it would result in a difference of 4 hours.

From two-fifths of a second to 4 hours is quite a span of time. All because you add or remove one penny.

Jesus said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).

A small truth rightly applied (or misapplied), a seemingly miniscule act of obedience or careful stewardship of those things that others see as trivial can all add up over time.

Mind your pennies.

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