Half full or half empty?

Do you look at a half of a glass of water and say it is half full or half empty? When trying to work for God, do you focus on what you lack or on what you have? Consider the following passage:

And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. Mark 6:33-44

When the disciples saw the multitudes and that it was getting late, they asked Jesus to send the multitude away to feed themselves because the disciples did not have much food. They focused on what they lacked. They thought there was no way to feed the multitude with what they had. But notice what Jesus asked: “What do you have?” Jesus redirected their focus on what they already had. He was telling them that they don’t need to worry about what they don’t have; they just need to use what they do have. God can take little and accomplish his work.

Little is much when God is in it. What do you have?

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One Response to “Half full or half empty?”


  1. Hi! My friend, Samer told me about this site, and I’ve been enjoying reading all of the posts. I think the idea of this post is very good. Too often we focus on what we lack instead of remembering that we have a God Who is all in all. To remember that God can use us, and will give us all we need to accomplish what He wants.


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