Grateful for the Leftovers

It’s the week after Thanksgiving and we are wondering, are you tired of turkey and dressing? Or are you grateful for the leftovers? As we wrap up 2015, our year of gratitude, we want to inspire you to thank God for the leftovers.

Thank God for leftover provision – God is not the God of just enough. He is the God of more than enough. Remember when Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 people? They each had plenty to eat but then the disciples gathered loads of leftovers!

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:20-21 NIV

While we’re thinking about food, we need protein, carbohydrates, fats and water but aren’t you grateful for the variety of tastes, textures, flavors and combinations? God didn’t just meet our needs, he gave us so much more to enjoy.

Thank God for leftover grace – God’s grace is a massive overpayment for our sin.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7 NIV

God’s grace is incomparable. Nothing in our experience comes close. We will never exhaust the riches of God’s grace.

Thank God for leftover family – Let’s face it, family dynamics can be more than a little dysfunctional. We love our biological families but aren’t you glad you are also members of God’s family? God provides brothers and sisters in Christ! He fills in the gaps that our families leave gaping wide.

Thank God for leftover power – There is more than enough power available for us to live the life God calls us to. More than you could ask, think or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Thank God for the leftover the in lack – You may be thinking, I don’t see God’s abundance or generosity. We all face difficulty, but God promises he is with us each step of the way. Look again with eyes of faith. Look for one, small thing to be grateful for, Look for the silver lining. When you look up, miracles happen.

Look for the gifts God gives and you will find peace, hope and joy.

To reflect back on the Gratitude series from the beginning of 2015 click below:

Part 1 The Year of Gratitude
Part 2 Gratitude Destroys Joy Killers
Part 3 Make a Daily Gratitude List
Part 4 Who, What and When
Part 5 Live in the Moment