Thursday, August 4, 2016

Giving What One Has

By Danetta Kellar

If there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. 
Mark 9:41

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 
2 Cor. 9:6-7

There is a great divide between a willing mind and what one actually has. 

Giving is a tug of war, pulling between good intentions, sincere desires, and the reality of what one has to give

People respond differently to this tension. Some give more than they are able, only to grow exhausted and resentful in the midst of the delivery of what was committed. Others shrink back and do not give at all, if they cannot give the fullness of their dreamed intention. 

But there are yet others who know their limits, and God’s limitlessness. They understand the invisible balance, the mysterious working, of God’s power through the heart of a cheerful giver, a willing mind. They have discovered the deep joy and satisfaction of acceptance according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

How does one find this balance? 

How does one step forward on the bridge of good intention, crossing the chasm of lack to give cheerfully from what one has?

I do not have a magical, easy answer. But there is an answer. Simply coming to God with what we have, and offering it like so many loaves and fishes is what we can do. What He will do is multiply it to feed the crowds.

Are you surrounded by the crowds right now? Crowds of lost people, crowds of children, crowds of guests, crowds of poor and needy? Who are the multitudes, the ones in need around you right now?

Are you weary, lacking? Is your heart willing though it strains to bear the load of life today?

Bring what you have to Jesus. He will take your offering and make it more than you ever imagined, feeding many. 

And at the end of the day, you will find you were also fed.



  1. What a timely thought! I've read Mark countless times, but seeing 9:41 presented on its own gave me a "wow!" moment.

    You mention, "...not according to what he does not have..." which resonates with me, specifically. So often I find myself working through feelings of, "I'm not where I need to be," and other such nonsense, forgetting that the littlest things can make the biggest difference sometimes. This ties in nicely, too, with your closing statement, part of breaking bread results in life-giving sustenance.

    Thanks for the little gem.

    1. Thank you for reading, Jason. Every generous heart began with the little he or she had. It seems to multiply before our very eyes when we give it! Blessings to you today.

  2. Thank you for putting into words, the tension so many of us feel. I resonated with this post on many different levels. Blessings to you sweet friend. Thanks for sharing your heart and your wisdom. ~Kathleen

    1. I'm so glad you understood my heart in this post, Kathleen. I wrote it in the midst of my own anguish over not having more to give to the ones I love. Our wishes for great giving can overshadow our ability to give what we do have right this minute. Blessings to you!