There’s abundance in famine!

Many times we feel “less favoured” when we have stayed so much at the side of receiving. For many times we have probably been wanting to flip the coin and experience the other side of it— the “giving” side. Or, we might have been wondering what’s with those people who can just give much? Are they “more favoured”? It may sound ironic, but actually in receiving, you will learn how to give, with the right heart of course. Where is this principle coming from?

My friend and I were counselling one dear friend a few years back. She saw herself as a “burden” because she thought that she has already received much and wanting to payback but unable to. We’ve cleared the air by telling her some of our well-known saga. We said that the ultimate reason why we can bless is actually because we have been so much blessed. AND, I believe if we ask those people who are generously giving now, many will say “I’m giving because I have received much or I’ve been there”.

Imagine a vessel being poured with water: it will for sure overflow as you pour more or looking at the other end, as the vessel continue to receive; it has no other option but to let the water spill. The tangible things that we have received may diminish but the very act of kindness or generosity is being deposited in our hearts – our “vessels”. Citing my own experience as an example, I stayed on the “receiving side” for 3 years or 75% of my college years (not mentioning my childhood days of course). Admittedly, I was discouraged many times but everytime I see His goodness shown by His people, I can’t help but be thankful. I know how a very simple act of generosity can fade away any tears because I know the feeling…

So the next time we experience drought, let’s impede from thinking less about ourselves because unknowingly (and sadly), these unsatisfying thoughts are actually putting a curb on us in crossing the other line.  It’s just time for our vessels to be filled and sooner or later, our appointed season will come where we can also just gladly tilt our vessels for our water to leak. Meanwhile, let’s learn to be thankful with what we have now; this is always a good start. As Joyce Meyer well said, “A thankful person will be blessed even more with things to thank for.” Or you can also refer to our MANUAL and open to Psalm 50:23 where it says, “Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me, and prepares his way so that I will show salvation to him.” God is not so concerned if we come empty handed but He is more concerned if these “empty hands” will be lifted up to offer thanksgiving. This is the secret of King David in opening the doors of blessings.

Trust me, there’s so much abundance in famine. There’s this God’s manna pouring down. There’s the faith getting bigger. There’s the trust digging deeper.  There’s the inner you going stronger. The list goes on and on and it is just a matter of seeing things in the eyes of faith.

Another significant thing to add is that we should not start from what we don’t have but rather start from what we already have. Like any investors, they don’t start from their weaknesses but from every little opportunity they have to supersede any threats. On the same manner, we may now only have “2 fish and 5 loaves” or worse, an empty lunch box, but we have our time that we can wisely invest, skills/gifts as our assets, His promises that will surely come with positive returns… and the list goes on. These readily available resources will take over any surging challenges that we may have. Amazingly, we’ll just be surprise that our initial investment can sooner feed five thousand.

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4 thoughts on “There’s abundance in famine!

  1. Hello!

    Blessings to you in the mighty name of our Dear Lord Jesus Christ.

    Please forgive me, for I know this is the most inappropriate means of connecting with you…but this is the avenue I could find.

    First of all, I want thank God for your life and the awesome work He is doing through you on Spark from afar!

    To Him alone be all the GLORY!

    My name is Tim and I am the founder of the newly unveiled Christian Social Media/Community known as: Rhemalog

    If I may crave your indulgence, I will quickly like to intimate you on our purpose, goals and objectives.

    The name Rhemalog is a compound word, coined from both “Rhema” and “Log”.
    It means, putting into writing(Log), your encounters in the Word of God(Rhema).
    That is, sharing with the beloved, the things that God has shown unto you in His Word.

    Rhemalog was established by the leading of the Holy Spirit, as a platform to enrich and impact the body of Christ all over the World!

    You will agree with me that there is a lot of degradation going on.
    Abuse, spiritual contaminations, mental pollutions and attacks on our faith.

    All you need is to refresh your social-media pages long enough…then boom!
    There you have it, in your face!
    But.
    Wouldnt it be awesome to have a sanctified environment?

    A platform built solely for the Children of God.
    Devoid of negativity around us, but filled with inspirations, encouragements and above all, the WORD OF GOD!

    A breath of fresh air. Family friendly, conducive, loving and embracing.

    Your own family of fellow brethren, encouraging, building, cheering on and strengthening each other on a daily basis!

    This is our driving force.
    The clarion call that moved us to put Rhemalog in place.

    And this is our call to you: Would you like to join us?

    As one of the (Christian) thinkers and opinion-makers out there, logically, it is a no-brainer that we need you, especially since our main goal is to ensure that the people are well fed.

    We need your insightful thoughts. Inspirational ideas. Well written pieces. We need YOU!

    We need you, not only as a member, but also as an A-List contributor.

    And we already have all the tools required.

    – Personal Blogging feature
    – Video sharing
    – Community pages (think facebook pages)
    – Timelines and profiles
    – Pictures, etc

    Together, we can build one of the most vibrant and impact-full communities out there.

    Should you decide to join us now:

    – Your personal blog and info will be shared on our social media pages (with over 67,000 members)

    – As an early adopter, you will be a part of a huge and influential community at its infant stage.

    – Your community page will be featured, if you create one. Meaning, it will come up first in searches and views (with its own cute ribbon)

    – You can host all your youtube and vimeo videos, thereby increasing your viewer-ship and enhancing your reach.

    Well, “gold and silver” we have not.
    But can you help us be a blessing to the children of God out there?

    The address of the website is:

    rhemalog dot com (No need to create an unsolicited backlink!)

    It will be a huge honour and we will be waiting for you.

    The first step is to be registered. Duration of your submissions will be totally up to you. To keep up though, we would suggest you begin by sharing the links to your blog posts, later on, you can start doing reblogs or creating unique postings using our blog feature.

    However, in-between, we would love your quips, wits, quotes and words of wisdom, posted on your homepage timeline. We consider these to be quick tonic for the soul…snacks for those in hurried need of inspiration and motivations.

    Whichever option you choose, we cannot wait to have a drink from the fountain of your God-given wisdom.

    Thanks and may God continually keep His face shining on you.

    Yours in Christ,

    Tim (Rhemalog Community)

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