God did not promise us annual bread. Or monthly bread. Or networking-season bread. He didn't say He would give us the bread we need to find a relationship, reach a promotion, or be accepted into an envy-worthy program.
God did not promise us the bread we’d receive would be effortlessly tasteful - according to how our humanity decides what’s good and what’s not. He did not say that your bread would look like my bread and my bread would look like your bread. He did not assure us that the bread would be fresh from France, soft, warm, or seasoned.
God did not promise us bread that we’d enjoy for now and then throw away eventually. He did not lead us to believe that the bread we desire will plop itself into our hands simply because we wanted it. He doesn’t want us to think that our bread is better than anyone else’s; He also doesn’t want us to believe our bread is insignificant as it’s being given.
God gives us our daily bread.
He gives us what we need, today, according to what He has designed for us to need in order to accomplish the things He has willed for us to accomplish.
He gifts us bread. We don’t deserve it. We never have and never will deserve it in the ways in which we receive it. In fact, we might as well be throwing the bread out our windows, carelessly going about our lives without realizing how precious our personal portion of bread really is.
Our bread is our bread. Yours is yours, his is his, mine is mine, hers is hers. That bread over there has been saved for that person next door – this bread over here might never be yours.
But we were not designed to covet others’ bread. We were not called to pick off crumbles from the floor and pretend they’ll fill us up. We were not asked to do anything else with our bread besides take it. Live with it. Love that it’s been given to us. And praise the truth that our bread is all He wants us to have at this very moment, of this very day.
Remember that your purpose on this earth is not to get your dream job. It is not to be skinny or to be popular or to be wealthy or to be successful. Your soul is not alive inside of you so that you can go live there to do that with that person and one day maybe achieve whatever. No.
You exist, you are here, you are alive because God designed the rest of the world with a gap, that you and your daily bread are here to fill.
What has He shown you that gap to be?
Now, take your bread. And go fill it up.
Inspired by an afternoon spent with Courtney Day
Hi, I'm Chlo.
I've been writing and reading and all the storytelling things since I learned as a kid that if you fold and staple construction paper together, it sort of looks like a real book. I have always craved soul serving stories- ones that melt like butter in your mind as you hear your heart explained out loud.
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