This lady did something special for the Lord, and got criticized for it. But the Master thought she had acted wonderfully.
Why would He make such a big deal about it? Why repeat the story throughout the Gospels?
It seems quite clear that Jesus wanted to highlight what she did in order to catch our attention. He wanted us to stop and think, and think again.
Have I ever done anything out of the ordinary for God? And by out of the ordinary I mean, "out of my ordinary."
It's not about outdoing others. It has nothing to do with others. It's about offering God something that takes personal sacrifice, something that doesn't have to do necessarily with money.
You and I have talents and abilities, given to us by our Creator, through which we can offer Him a unique expression of gratitude.
What could you do? Why don't you?