As a mom who works outside the home and also is a creative entrepreneur, there’s never enough hours or money. I’m always stealing time from one thing to meet a deadline on another thing. When I sit down in front of my laptop to write the stories on my heart, the job I feel I’ve been called to do, it’s always with the leftovers of my creativity, energy, time, and drive.
But Jesus can do miracles with leftovers, can’t he. We often fall into the trap of thinking in human terms of what’s possible and impossible. Jesus can take the leftovers and multiply it just like he did with the boy’s lunch of loaves and fishes that fed 5000. There were leftovers of the leftovers.
We feel like we’re cheating God when all we have to give to our passions is the leftovers. If we can’t give 110% to whatever ministry or passion or calling we feel, then God won’t show up. People might not articulate that thought, but I’ve heard it expressed in a hundred different ways. There are some seasons where we can focus on those passions, but there will be seasons that force us to prioritize young children, a sick spouse, an unexpected expense, etc. I think God understands those pressures. He calls on us to trust him to care for us, and we can take comfort in knowing that God can do miracles with only the leftovers.
This is a new series I’m starting. Want more? Let me know in the comments.
Have you felt guilty about only having leftovers for creative pursuits, ministries, or callings?