Today’s Bible Reading: Mark 8
We are, unfortunately, a very wasteful society. We often do not appreciate what we have. Last weekend I was struck when I came across an article about food waste in the United States. About 40 percent of all food produced here is thrown away. I of course had already previously heard about this problem (though the number still stunned me), but it particularly resonated with me after reading Mark 8. Imagine what good all that food could do, if it were to reach the hands of those in need!
6 So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. 7 A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them.
Jesus took a few loaves of bread and fed thousands. We have millions of loaves of bread, and what do we do with what is left after we feed ourselves and our family? How could we make better use of leftover food instead of wasting it? There are some organizations around that will take leftover food from restaurants and businesses, but I am sure they are still in need of volunteers to redistribute this food to those in need…
This topic then made me think about our other forms of wealth that we have abundance of to give to others. We can give love and support to our loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. Our love and support can “feed” the needs of many, if we follow Jesus’ example.
But to do so, we need to not only prioritize our time accordingly, but also we need to be healed ourselves first. It is a bit like that oxygen mask advice you hear on the airplane during the safety drill: Put the oxygen mask first on yourself before putting it onto others! If we are not healed ourselves, then we cannot help others.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder talked last weekend about how we need to be “repaired” before we can be good in other areas of our lives. This includes helping others through our love and support. It is our responsibility to take the necessary steps to make sure we are repaired, so we can be ready to serve others. There are many ways to do so, but the key is to decide to take the necessary steps with the beginning of this New Year. We do not want to waste the opportunities given to us by God to serve him by helping others, so we need to make sure we are repaired and thus prepared to “feed many”.
What are steps that you could take to repair the areas of your life where there are still issues holding you back from living your best life? Who are the people in your life who love you and could support you on this journey? Have you made a commitment to God and yourself to repair yourself? Have you asked God to give you strength and wisdom on this journey?
Make a list of steps you need to take to repair yourself so that you can live your best life. Set goals and time frames for each step. Ask people who love you to accompany you on this journey for support. Journal your progress as you move through this New Year. When you feel ready, plan whom you now could “feed” in return with your love and support on their journey.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 12
Prayer Focus: To Live Confidently(1 John 4:16-17)
Father in Heaven, thank you for loving me. I know I can trust you with all I am, and I am confident in the salvation you have given me. Help me to abide in you, to become more like your son every day. Teach me to live like him, according to your will, working for your kingdom in all I do. May my love for you and others be perfected through your love for me.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 13
Prayer Focus: To Live Obediently (Philippians 2: 12-13)
Heavenly Father, thank you for working within me. I am in awe of the changes you have worked in my heart before and of the changes you are currently making within me. I praise you for saving for me, for making salvation possible through your son. Help me to share this gift with others by loving you and others and by obeying your will. Teach me to desire what you desire. I trust you to give me the power to do all you ask of me.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 14
Prayer Focus: Worshipping Him (John 4:23)
Dear Father, I worship you with all my heart and soul. I want to sing your praises from early in the morning when the sun rises until late at night when the day has passed. I am so grateful to be allowed to be your child and your love washes over me. Amen.
This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters and a wonderful man whom she loves and whom she wants to serve the Lord with.
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