Thrive: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand – Kyndall Rae Rothaus


Matthew 14:13-21

If all you’ve got of Love in your trembling hands is a measly five loaves and two fish worth, then start distributing what little you’ve got to your friends and neighbors, and immediately it will begin to multiply.

Don’t hoard your love. Entrust it to Jesus. I know how badly you want to be loved and be fed, and it feels there is never enough to go around. But if you share what you have, you’ll be surprised the way this childhood principle lends itself to heaven-filled miracle with regular occurrence. When you’re feeling hungry for a bit of attention, give some away instead and see if this kicks off a feast.

Do not try to feed five thousand. The teeming masses of need will overwhelm you. Just look for the one among you whose eyes shine like Jesus, and give him or her a loaf of your love, break bread together, share fish. You will think you are doing something very small, and this is how it should be.

But perhaps someday a fellow disciple will tap you on the shoulder saying, “Look. Your gift has fed thousands, with twelve baskets leftover,” and that will be so unbelievable you will know that God had a hand in this, and you will thank whoever it was that packed your lunch with just enough to share. What I am saying is: Someday all we will know is gratitude.

Rothaus_pic_bench_smKyndall Rae Rothaus is the pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco. Kyndall is a poet and a writer, and her first book, Preacher Breath, will be released in the summer of 2014 by Smyth & Helwys. She blogs at

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  1. Erin Hall says

    Kyndall, thank you for this. I needed to hear this today.

  2. LeAnn Johns says

    Most of what I do these days feels so very small in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for reminding me that the small things are really important too. Seems like the most important thing is the act of sharing. Love these lines, “Don’t hoard your love. Entrust it to Jesus.”

  3. Beautifully, poetically written, Kyndall. Such an encouraging word for Tuesday that feels like a Monday with a deadline looking and a broken dryer needing to be fixed. Yet, somehow, my little loaves and fish will be plenty in God’s hands. Thanking God for you!

    • Nothing like a broken appliance to make you feel like you’re wasting time and energy! Keep up the small and important work.

  4. Thank you, Kendall – I’m grateful for this image today. Not trying to feed 5000 but handing it back to the source from which it came. Abundance indeed. ~Eileen

  5. Tina Burleson says

    Kyndall, Thanks for sharing these encouraging words. Thanks to you, now I know where to begin on my overwhelming ministry to do list. Tina

  6. Jody Griffin says

    Thank you! This Word is a lift to me and the other ‘children’ in my neck of the woods to share from the small portion we have and then watch what the Lord can do!