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Saturday, February 26, 2011

But What DO You Have?

"And He asked them, 'How many loaves do you have?' They said, 'Seven'" (Mark 8:5).

Have you ever noticed how negative we can be? I know, I'm sure you're a positive person, but seriously. There are times when I realize that I play "devil's advocate' a little too well. Whether in conversation with others or with God, Himself, if there is a negative to find, I just might be the one to discover it as though it is something of value to anyone else but me.

Jesus was facing the same thing with his disciples. Jesus had asked this question to His closest friends - friends who had recently watched Him as He had fed over 5,000 men plus women and children with 5 loaves and 2 fish. And now, when there are less people (4,000 men plus women and children) and 7 loaves and some fishes, they respond to His directive with, "we can't - we don't have enough." So He asked them, "what do you have?" He didn't ask what thy didn't have, but what they did have.

One area that this has hit pretty close to home, has been with finances, although its application goes beyond. Up until a few months ago, I had gotten very use to saying, "we can't really save money, because we don't make enough to save." Now understand this. We are a tithing family and have never lived on credit cards. And, there is A LOT that we have been blessed to do on one income. But, there are some pretty audacious goals that we have and began to realize that at our pace, we're not moving very aggressively. But God began to ask me the same question, "What do you have?" When I began to surrender that completely to Him, I began to see Him do even more of what I could only do less.

My wife and I began to work through the "Financial Peace University" by Dave Ramsey. Not that I agree with everything, but his practical advice, and strong Biblically based counsel showed me what I already knew to be true. God can do anything. Instead of looking for all the reasons it couldn't work, I began to see how faith and trust in God could see that which looks impossible be even more than possible - it could be reality!

Whether it's finances, relationships, time management, or when your boss offers you a suggestion that you don't initially like. Instead of going straight to why something couldn't work, begin to allow God to show you how it can!

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