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Matthew 14:17 -19 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

If we are not careful, the only time that we give God thanks is when the big things happen. The problem with that is that significant life events such as a career move, a major accomplishment or acquisition of an asset, such as a house may happen every several years. Waiting that long to give God thanks would be to ignore the character of God and all the other things that he has been doing in our lives. 

Jesus only had five (5) loaves and two (2) fishes to feed the multitude, but he gave God thanks for it. One of the principles that he was teaching was to give God thanks even if what you have seems to be little. Things may not be all that you want it to be, but give God thanks anyhow; doing so however will require a different perspective. To see the truth in this statement, look at the disciples’ response to the small amount of food; they said “we have here but five loaves, and two fishes”. Their response suggests that they saw what they had as being inadequate and because that is how they saw it, that would have hindered them from giving God thanks. While they saw it that way, Jesus on the other hand saw the little as enough for the Father to work with and so thanksgiving flowed naturally from him. 

It will always be easy to give God thanks when you see your little as enough for God to work with, carry that perspective. The little oil and meal that the widow of Zarephath had was enough for God to use to take her to her next level; it served her throughout the time of famine. Give God thanks for what you have whether big or small. 

Life Application: Give God thanks, even when what you have seems little, by adopting the mindset of seeing your little as enough for God to work with. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all your blessings in my life. Thank you for daily provision, protection, healing and deliverance. Thank you for being an awesome God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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