Thanksgiving. It is the start to the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for our family. It marks the beginning of Christmas decor, setting up the tree, and weight gained because the eating season has also begun! Turkey and dressing, cookies and gingerbread, candy canes and fudge. Can you taste it already?! If we didn’t eat during this time we wouldn’t have one of our greatest New Years resolutions to make: lose weight! It seems like a vicious cycle, doesn’t it? Binge, then diet. Binge, then diet. Feast, then famine.
As with food and our choices to have feast or famine, there are other places in our lives that we experience this as well. Our finances and perhaps living paycheck to paycheck. Relationships can go up and down. Our spiritual life does the same thing. Feast or famine.
Unfortunately, complacency is our default. We are constantly looking for something to spark new life and vision within us.
Whether we are in a feasting season or famine season, God still expects us to be intentional. We are called to be good stewards even if we don’t have a lot. We are responsible for keeping relationships strong in our life. Our spiritual growth is dependent on us. We have our work cut out for us. Thankfully, we don’t have to let our feelings dictate our actions. Don’t let complacency be your default.
Remember the story of the boy with the small lunch. Jesus told his disciples to feed the people. With what? They had nothing, and even with the boys lunch they had a very limited supply. Yet, He still expected them to feed the people. Another story we find at the end of 2 Kings 4.
“Elisha now returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. One day as the group of prophets was seated before him, he said to his servant, “Put a large pot on the fire, and make some stew for the rest of the group.””
Do you see what the condition of the land was? Famine. Destitute. What did Elisha ask of his servant? Feed them.
We have a job and opportunity to love, serve, work, grow, and learn. We are not exempt from these things even in famine times. Peter and John didn’t have silver or gold, but they gave of what they did have and revolutionized a mans life!
Share what you have. Give life. Feed them. Even when you have nothing. Because nothing can become something when God is involved!