Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place.
So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks,
he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.”
– John 6:10-11 (ESV)
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 be more competitive 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 that we want. And let’s not forget about the injuries our athletes sustain during the season. Always the best player and always at the absolute worst time! 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. While we tend to complain and make excuses, our players hunger for what we have to offer. An athlete with little upside at the beginning of the season can be a key contributor at the end. That benchwarmer you put in because your best player was injured can seize the opportunity and surprise everyone.
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 5.000, He has twelve baskets left over. He fed them all and they ate until they were full! What do you have to offer? Jesus wants us to know that what we bring to the table is important. It may not seem like much, but when we put it in the hands of the Master, amazing things can happen. 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 we willing to give our all to Jesus? Are we willing to trust Him with the results?
Heavenly Father, thank You for those who believe. Thank You for taking what I have and showing me that in Your hands, it is enough. Help me to always feed the hungry in both body and spirit. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.