What’s in Your Hand?


Never lament what you’re lacking. Offer what you have.

Human beings have a tendency to focus a lot of energy on lack. Whatever we’re missing, whatever we need, whatever isn’t measuring up—that’s what we pay attention to, perhaps even obsess over. The glass may be half full—or even 90 percent full—but we really aren’t very happy with any degree of emptiness that’s there.

God teaches us another way. He called Moses to an intimidating task and asked, “What’s in your hand?” The disciples could only scrounge up a few fish and loaves, and Jesus fed crowds with them. God never asks how much faith you lack but looks instead at the mustard seed you have. He starts with whatever is there.

It’s a profound lesson, and life changes when we learn it. There’s no miracle in whatever explainable work you do out of your abundance. Miracles come in whatever God does through the offerings you give him, however insufficient they are. All that’s required for his power to work in your weakness is for you to have weakness. That’s a piece of cake. We all automatically qualify.

Faithfulness in small things—in bringing God whatever you have with the expectation he’ll do something with it—leads to greater things. Never lament what you’re lacking. Offer what you have.

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