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What We Have Is Enough

Today’s Reflection

WHAT WE HAVE is enough for Jesus.

We sometimes fail to respond to God’s call on our lives because we feel inadequate to the task—as if what we have to offer God will not suffice. I often hear stories of people’s call to ministry, of people believing that God wants them to be instruments of hope and love to others. Many list all sorts of reasons for their unworthiness of such a calling: not smart enough, inadequate experience, or no trust of people. They feel they don’t have what it takes. [Mark 8:1-9] stresses that Jesus can take what we have and make it enough.

We may walk this Lenten road with excuses in our heart, reasons God cannot use us. Our self-inflicted reasons try to counter God’s power of transformation. Let us step out in faith and take the risk. Hungry multitudes await, and what we offer will be enough to reveal God’s love in God’s power and grace.

– Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus

From page 48 of The Miracles of Jesus by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What gifts do you bring to God’s kingdom? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11, NRSV

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  • robert moeller March 18, 2016, 4:27 am

    Thankful for the progress Erich is making and the support he is receiving. Anneliese was able to be outdoors, enjoy the sun, and help with fish pond care. The pump and the UV filter are working. The fish pond garden and a large flower garden got some attention. There was progress on my dining car model. Thankful for men’s communion breakfast tomorrow. prayers of thanks for those who serve communion. Thankful for Anneliese’s progress. She is more able and mobile. As her hip heals, I pray for other problems: her back especially. I pray for a safe trip to see Erich on Sunday and Monday.

    Lord, thank You for the abilities and resources You provide that I may do Your will. I am the branches, You are the vine. You are the potter, I am the clay. As long as we put ourselves in Your hands, we are enabled. Thank You, Lord.

    Blessings to all as we approach Palm Sunday. Hosanna in the highest.

  • Jill March 18, 2016, 4:33 am

    A gift that I had been reluctant to give, but am improving at is the giving the gift of time/availability. When I first began teaching – I was also coaching. I always assumed I would coach as long as I taught. Well – after about ten years of coaching – due to various reasons – I stopped. And, upon stepping away – I was amazed at how much time coaching consumed. Of course, initially, I loved coaching and it wasn’t even a labor of love – it was just who I was and what I did. Once I stepped away – I became very possessive and protective of my time. In the past two or so years – I have made the conscious decision to volunteer more. Specifically – last summer – I decided to “tithe” my time in the summer – freed up from teaching. What I gave to God – He gave back to me in a different manner. Isn’t that just like Him? I am seeing the tithe that I offered to Him come back in a different way – as a blessing to me. Specifically – one relationship that I am forming with a young mom and her daughter. Father – thank You for prying open my fingers and hands – and loosening the grip that I hold too tightly. Continue to guide me in this relationship with Ashley and Carolyn…may only Your fingerprints be on it.
    Grateful to come home after school yesterday and take in March Madness. Grateful for good conversation with my student teacher yesterday. The past week or two – I have sensed some dissonance between us…too much time together or something. I am sure that there are times when I am the momma cub – and someone else is in “my domain”…my classroom. I knew that my words had not been as gentle as necessary – so I made a conscious effort to be more pleasant and complimentary. Father – I know that was Your Spirit initiating that in me. Thank You.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 18, 2016, 6:20 am

    Grateful that another Long day with combined classes is over.

    Thank you Father God for the weekends! May you refresh and recharge us.

  • Betsy March 18, 2016, 6:52 am

    “tithing your time”- I like that phrase, Jill. I too believe that God asks more of us than just our material gifts; giving of yourself is an outpouring of God’s love toward others. I’m also learning that as I settle into retirement.

    Prayers for all those that will be traveling for various Spring Break activities; especially college students on their own. Keep them safe, Lord, and under your care. Amen

  • Andrea March 18, 2016, 2:09 pm

    I am spending today in airports and on airplanes as I travel home from visiting my daughter, SIL and grandson. What a wonderful visit. I give You thanks for the gift it has been. Wishing God’s blessings to all who visit UR this weekend.

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