Another Friday comes. Another day to practice writing by doing it and to practice living by getting out of the house and living life the best we can.
We writers, artists, singers, actors, do it out of the love of the craft and we hope to reach some people to share a bit of ourselves. Yet, I have to admit, there are times when I start to write and all I see is the enormity of task. When I think about writing, or recording a song, I sometimes think, “What do I have that isn’t better expressed elsewhere?” There are thousands of better blogs out there and at least as many, who are better song writers and singers. Really! What do I have to offer?
The same feelings of inadequacy pop up at work too. Large, important projects with deadlines and others counting on me to deliver greatness. Sometimes I think, “Who am I that I am entrusted with such a task? How will I accomplish so much with so little to offer?
John offers us some answers in his Gospel. in John 6: 5-9 “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, ’Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’ One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
But what do I have? What did the boy in this story have? Just a few small loaves of bread and some fish. Barely enough for himself, much less enough to feed several thousand.
Maybe we don’t have all that much. But guess what? It’s not about us. It’s not for me to worry about how many I am able to help. It’s not for me to worry about the number of followers, or likes I get; that maybe twenty people will read this post; that when I post my music on iTunes or YouTube, five people might listen; that there are smarter, more talented people than I.
It’s just up to me to do! It’s up to me to give what I have, no matter how small in my sight, I still have to offer it up. It really wasn’t mine in the first place anyhow. God gave me what talents I have.
My life experiences are now for others to learn from. They don’t belong to me anymore. My writing and singing voice, such as they are, come from above for outward expression.
God takes what we have to offer and makes it great for His glory. (click here to tweet)
Keeping our loaves and fishes is not an option. There are multitudes to feed. So what if only a few take a bite. Not your concern. The need is what confronts us. People need us to perform at work. Still others need us to serve at home. While others wait for God’s voice to speak through you in word, picture, or song.
Don’t keep the bread and fish to yourself. Look past the enormity and your inadequacy to the need.
What do you have to offer? Will you offer it? I hope so. We’re hungry!
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