What's in Your Basket?

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DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE WHAT YOU HAVE IS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH?

Have you ever wished you were more gifted, more talented or had more resources? I know I sure have! In fact, I can easily get caught up in the cycle of “if”. If I just had more education, if I was just a little more focused, if I was just a few years younger, if I just had a little more money.

WHEN WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE DON’T HAVE, WE RUN THE RISK OF COMPLETELY MISSING OUT ON WHAT WE DO HAVE!

Let’s throwback a couple thousand years and see firsthand what God can do with even a little. Do you recall the time that Jesus fed over 5000 people? If you have your bible handy (or Google), check out John 6:5-13.  Let’s engage in the details of this account.

A crowd of people followed Jesus because of the signs and wonders He was performing. Jesus, knowing full well what He was up to, asked the disciples where he was going to buy food for all of the people to eat. The disciples did not want the hassle of trying to feed that many people. One of them complained that it would be way too costly.

That’s when the little boy offered up what was in his basket; five small barley loaves and two small fish. Andrew, a disciple, brought what the boy had to their attention, but he was doubtful that it would make any difference.

Let us sit down together and put ourselves in the place of that young boy for a minute. Imagine yourself sitting there with him on the grass that day, listening to Jesus. Can you hear the grumblings of the adults in the background talking among one another? “I’m hungry,” “Didn’t you bring extra food?” “Where are we going to find food now?”

It is hard to speculate what that boy was thinking when the disciple shared with Jesus what he had to offer. Scripture doesn’t go into detail, but I can’t help to think that the boy, knowing it wasn’t much, still took that step to help out in any way he could. Maybe he overheard Jesus asking the disciples where they were going to get food from, and offered what he had hoping he could contribute in some small way.

AS SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT AS THE ITEMS IN HIS BASKET MAY HAVE SEEMED,    IT WAS THE CATALYST JESUS USED FOR A VERY SIGNIFICANT MIRACLE.

If you would just give God what you do have, He can make it so much more than you could ever do on your own. You may not be the most talented singer or the smartest person you know; however, there are gifts inside of you that you may very well be letting lay dormant. What are they?

WHAT IS IN YOUR BASKET THAT YOU HAVE YET TO OFFER? WHAT IS THAT ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE YET TO SURRENDER TO GOD?

So many times we complain about what we don’t have, instead of focusing on what we do have. If I just had a nicer car, bigger house, easier job, better behaved children, a more supportive husband, and the list goes on. We can get so caught up with all of the things we feel are lacking in our life that we completely lose sight of the abundance in our laps.

No matter how small or insignificant that you feel you are, you still have something to give. No matter how many times you have failed, you still have something to give. No matter what stage you are in your life, you still have something to give. No matter how unskilled you think you are, you still have something to give.

Don’t underestimate what is in your basket! What may seem insignificant to you; could have the potential to be part of an amazing miracle. You may miss out on many miracles until you are willing to surrender even the seemingly simple parts of your life.

THIS THANKSGIVING TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON ALL GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. GIVE THANKS AND OFFER IT BACK TO HIM. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT HE WILL DO.