Day 49: Even in Brokenness; Be Thankful
A story is written of a young boy with 5 Loaves of bread and two Fish which Jesus used to feed five thousand men. After listening to Jesus, a crowd followed him, he had a compassion on them and he healed their sick. Afterwards, as it was getting late, the disciples asked him to send the crowd away so that they can go and buy food for themselves.
Jesus told them that they did not need to go away, and therefore the disciples were to give them something to eat. “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” They retorted and said that they only had five loaves and two fishes, which Jesus asked to be brought to him.
Why am I sharing this story, read what Jesus did after asking for the items that belonged to the young boy; He took the five loaves and the two fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples to distribute.
It is a very simple story with profound lessons which I want to highlight. If you look at the story on the face value, it is difficult to believe to a layman as it look unlikely. I want to draw from the story to highlight two phenomenol qualities that will improve your effectiveness.
1. Be Thankful Always
It may sound farfetched but anytime you give thanks, even to the little you have, something start happening to you and you eventually start experiencing abundance. Learn to be thankful and offer gratitude for everything that you have. Jesus gave thanks to the only food available which he hoped to feed over five thousand people. He succeeded. He fed everyone who was there and there remained leftovers!
2. Remain steady even when you are broken
A lot of success stories, at least the ones I have listened, the one that are filled with breakthrough, they bear a moment where the bearer was broken and could not figure out how to rise up. Being broken means to be forcibly separated. When you are going a hard time, remember the process of building is never easy. There is breaking and building. You will experience a season of hardships, a wilderness where no answers nowhere to be found. But, if you remain truthful to your purpose, you will not only rise but you will be so effective, You will share your story. Trust the process, it is a foundation to a beautiful life.