Give Thanks

Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated – so also with the fish, as much as they wanted. John 6:11 HCSB

From the time my children were very young to today as adults, they know that as a family we always give thanks for our food before we eat. Even when we gather for a meal in a restaurant, we pause to give thanks. It is appropriate to thank God for our food and for the many blessings of life.

Jesus set the example as He took the five barley loaves and two fish and gave thanks for them before distributing them to the people. He knew the importance of giving thanks to the Heavenly Father for everything. The number of men who were fed that day was recorded in the Scripture to be 5,000 but when you include women and children the number may have been as high as 15,000. Jesus demonstrated His power and authority by feeding thousands with only five loaves of bread and two fish. As we faithfully follow God and His plan for our lives, He will always provide what we need and often what we desire. Just like the boy with the five loaves and two fish; when we are willing to give what we have (talents and money) to Jesus, He can accomplish miracles.

Challenge: Set the example for your children by praying before every meal. Teach them to pray diligently. Set the example for others by offering to pray and consistently give thanks for your meal, even when you are eating out with business associates. What are you willing to give to Jesus so He can touch the lives of thousands of people? Thank God for your food and for the many blessings He has provided for you.

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