‘Leftovers’ or ‘A Galilean Happy Meal In The Hands of The Master’

Lego Fishing

I love to go fishing. When I was a young boy, fishing was the only thing that my father and I did together. There is a fishing story I’d like to share with you.

An older man was seen fishing. While the older man was being observed by the young boy, the older man caught several very large fish. To the amazement of the younger onlooker, the older man threw each fish back. Then, the older man began to catch some smaller fish. Again, to the amazement of the young boy, the older man kept the smaller fish that had been caught!


The young boy was so perplexed by the foolish decision of the older man, to throw back the big fishes and keep only the smaller fish, he had to ask the big question; “Why?” When asked, the older man simply answered, “Because my frying pan isn’t big enough to cook the big ones!”

It’s no big surprise that millions of American families are facing financial struggles. I am one of them. From being overwhelmed with bills, to simply providing basic necessities for my family; I can honestly say that it has been God’s provisions which have supplied my family over the past several years.

Much like the young boy who graciously offered his Galilean Happy Meal (5 loaves of bread and two fish), the size of our offering doesn’t reflect God’s power to multiply those resources to accomplish His will. If you’re in an economic situation similar to mine, don’t fall into the deception that the little you can give just isn’t worth giving because God can’t multiply it.

Accountability can help you with that struggle. Whether you can give regularly to a church, or a special ministry, give it. Have the faith that God is big enough use your gift, no matter how large or small, to help reach others.

What I’ve learned about going from earning a six-figure income to working a part-time job because I was a full-time student, is to be above reproach when it comes to my financial dealings. I’ve learned that it requires more faith to give, when there is little to give, than when there was much in reserve to give. I no longer spend money on hobbies, or other luxuries. I became extremely intentional about my spending.

By being accountable about spending and giving, I’ve been able to witness my family’s faith, as well as my own faith, grow. I’m astounded by witnessing for myself how giving, when there is little to give, can result in our own personal “leftovers”! Remember, “For your heart will always be where your riches are (Luke 12:34 GNT.)”


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photo flickr/billward


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