Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. – John 6:10-13
As a country, we are truly blessed. Most people have enough food, clothing and shelter to sustain them each day. We are given just enough. Sometimes we are given more than enough. What happens to those blessings that are beyond what we need to survive? Being so blessed, we are also a country known for great wasting habits. I believe we don’t realize the fullness of our wastefulness. If we did, I think we would be appalled.
God blesses us to be a blessing. Could we put some time and energy into figuring how we could bless others with what we’ve been given so graciously? Recycling is a blessing to others for it helps the earth we all live on. How about cleaning up roads and bodies of water? What do we clean them up from? Waste. God is the giver of great gifts. Let us honor him with showing respect and true appreciation for his gifts.
Prayer: Lord, when I think of all the things you have blessed me with, I stand in awe of you. Your love is apparent as you provide for me and lavish me with your love. May I not waste your love and share it with others. Amen
Faith Tip: Take some time to focus on all you’ve been given. How can you bless another with your blessings?