Monthly Archives: August 2011

God Will Use Your Little

As a new believer or even as a seasoned Christian, have you ever felt inadequate to do the things that God has called you to do? I have. “Lord, can you really use me?” At times my gifts seem so small and insignificant. Then the Lord spoke to me as I was reading a story out of the Bible from Matthew.
It’s found in Matthew 14:15-21. It was getting late as Jesus was preaching on the mountain. The disciples basically said, “look Jesus, it’s getting late. Lets send these people away so they can go out to dinner” (obviously I’m using a little freedom here with the scriptures). And in verse 16 Jesus replies, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Possibly at this point the disciples might be thinking, “umm…Lord, is there some hidden food we don’t know about?” The disciples replied in verse 17- “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. V.18-21- “Bring them here to me”, he said. And he directed them to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Something that I learned as I studied these verses. It was a little boy who had the loaves of bread. I’m sure as the disciples walked around asking who had food, he might have even felt a little embarrassed offering up his little basket. But here’s what we learn from this story- God will use the little that you have, no matter how insignificant you think it is. Give it to God, and He will not only bless it but multiply it.

Lord, Help us in times when we are feeling inadequate or not enough. Help us to be like that little boy and say, I know its not much, but its all I’ve got. Remind us that its nothing that we can do in our own strength. But only when we lift it up to You, that You can bless it and cause it to multiply.

Get Er’ Done!

I found myself in quite a mess today. You see, I have one of those swimming pools that you blow up- but it’s a good size. Looks so easy on the box. Just blow up the top and fill with water. “I can do that,” I thought. So we set it up. Not quite as easy as they make it out to be. Nonetheless, we did it. My husband and I figured out how to add the chemicals. It worked well the first few weeks. Then, we got busy. Before we knew it our pool turned green! We kept putting it off. “Oh, we’ll get to it later,” we would say. But later never came.

So today, after many weeks of neglect, I set out to clean the pool. The kids were having their friends over, and I told them they could swim! I knew it was a green, nasty mess. I was avoiding this project at all costs. Let me just tell you, I scrubbed, and scrubbed and scrubbed. I was on my hands and knees in green yucky mess- scrub, drain. Scrub, drain. This continued for over 3 hours. Then with the wet vac. I sucked all that murky mess up. And wouldn’t you know it, learned a very valuable lesson today. (My lessons are usually learned this way).

Do you ever have things to get done, that you put off until the last minute?  You know, the stuff we dread doing, but need to get done. If you are anything like me you will get easily distracted (by the stuff you want to do) and find there’s no time left to do what you really needed to do. It could be calling people back, putting away laundry, and possibly going to the dreaded grocery store. The problem is, if I wait too long to do what I was suppose to do, sometimes I can have a mess on my hands! Bills get paid late, people start thinking your avoiding them, no dinner in the fridge to make, etc. etc.

Truth is, as I was scrubbing the pool today, I realized I should have done this when I noticed the waters starting to get green- not when the swampness monster moved in. I could have had it knocked out in less than an hour. Lesson learned… lesson learned.

Never put off tomorrow, what can be done today~ Thomas Jefferson