Athlete, Be Willing to Share

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Athlete, Be Willing to Share

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Bridgitt M. Bradley-Brown

John 6:9 (English Standard Version)

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?

The will can beat skill anyday. Who wants it bad enough? Who will work hard enough? Which person is willing to leave it all out there on the floor?

I have seen so many athletes with less talent defeat those with greater talent. Sport often is not about just your skill, but also your will.

When you take the time to develop, train and do more than the average, it shows up in various ways on and off the court. God can then use your willingness to work to help improve and impact others. Jesus’ disciples during His ministry seemed to be no different.

A large crowd of 5,000 men (not including women and children) followed the disciples and Jesus, and at the end of a long day were hungry. The disciples told Jesus: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9).

The boy was willing to share what he had, and Jesus uses this opportunity to teach His disciples and feed the 5,000. What a miracle! It all started with a little boy with limited resources who was willing to let God use them.

There is no limit to what God can do through and with you when you determine to give yourself and your resources to Him. Stop holding back!

Reflect: What are you holding back from God that He may desire to use? Are you using your gifts, talents and abilities to your full potential?

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