Read a great post by Seth Godin this week about bread and butter; and a great quote from Craig Groeschel.
The quote Seth Godin shared is from Bilbo Baggin about being stretched too thin:
I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
Godin says that many times we always want more… more butter… more resources… more tools… more time… more, more more.
Rather, says Seth, it would be better for us trying to work with what we currently have. For instance, rather than wishing for more butter, we should find ways to discipline ourselves to use less bread. In other words, let’s use what we currently have.
It reminds me of a quote from Craig Groeschel:
Whenever you’re tempted to whine about what you don’t have, remember that God has given you everything you need to do everything he wants you to do.
I love that. Why do we constantly beg God for more, when, perhaps, he’s already given us what we need to accomplish what he wants us to accomplish.
It seems to me that this verse might apply here as well. it’s found in Luke 12:48:
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Or as The Message puts it:
Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!
Maybe as we begin this new year, we should take inventory of what God has ALREADY given us.
Rather than trying to butter the whole loaf, let’s just butter the little piece that God has already given us. We’ll probably find that we had plenty of butter all along!
Here’s to a GREAT new year in ministry!