Thursday, June 12, 2014

The High Calling Reflections

I was given the opportunity to write two reflections for The High Calling on the topic of scarcity this month. Below are excerpts from those upcoming reflections should appear in the next couple of weeks.  Feel free to subscribe to The High Calling daily reflections on the right side of their home page or check in at their website over the next few weeks to see the full reflections.

Reflection #1
Four Verbs that Combat Scarcity

“Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to share around, and they gave them to the crowd.  They had a few small fish, which he also blessed and told them to distribute.  They ate; they were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets of leftover bits.” Mark 8:6-9 Kingdom New Testament (emphasis added)

Four verbs: take, bless/thank, break, and give. The four gospels use these combination of verbs in some very specific places in scripture. The feeding of the thousands, Jesus’ final Passover meal, and the Emmaus Road meal. These four verbs demonstrate for us how God’s economy works.

Jesus will only ever take what we bring him...

Jesus then gives thanks....

Jesus breaks the bread....

Jesus gives back what we bring him....

Reflection #2
A Lack of Abundance is Not the Same as Scarcity

Scarcity surrounds us. Many people around the world do not have enough. Enough food, water, shelter, love, peace, comfort, material goods, natural resources, or job opportunities. Economies are struggling, families struggle with financial stress, wars and conflicts abound, and far too many children go to bed hungry. Some would argue this is all unnecessary, for there is enough food and water and other resources for all to share.

Scarcity is a like a disease that infects our minds and causes us to make poor choices. It creates a tunnel vision that does not allow us to see beyond this moment, and into a different future. Research has shown when we feel insecure we do not perform as well in life. If we are uncertain about our job stability, we under perform. If we are financially insecure, we tend to indebt ourselves to creditors. When we are socially or emotionally insecure, we isolate ourselves, increasing our loneliness and the inner belief we are unlovable. Feelings of scarcity grow in fear, creating a vicious cycle that is not easily broken.

But feelings of scarcity also come from the sin of comparison....

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