“Then Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down. The men numbered about 5,000. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated—so also with their fish, as much as they wanted.”
– John 6:10-11
How much is enough? As coaches, we’re in a constant search for more. We never have enough pitching, we need more depth on the defensive line or we would match up better on the court if we had more height. Most coaches don’t have the luxury of picking their teams; we must work with the talent we have. Even if we recruit our teams, seldom do we get everyone we want. Too often, we tend to focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have. That’s a shame because all too often we miss an incredible blessing. As we make excuses, our athletes hunger for what we have to offer.
In John 6, Jesus gives us an incredible example of doing much with little as he feeds the 5,000 with a couple of fish and five loaves of bread. The boy shows up with everything he has and offers it to Jesus with great expectation. Jesus replies as only He can and says, “That’s enough!” As His skeptical disciples look on, Jesus not only feeds the 5,000, He has twelve baskets left over. He fed them all! What do you have to offer? Jesus wants us to know that what we have is important. It might not be much, but when we turn it over to the Master Coach, He can perform miracles. A little in the hands of God can be transformed into something beyond our imagination. The world is hungry for His Word and His Truth. Are you willing to give it all to Jesus?
Heavenly Father, thank You for those who believe. Thank You for taking what I have and showing me that in Your hands, it’s enough. Help me to always feed the hungry, in both body and spirit. Amen.