“But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house (Proverbs 6:31 KJV).”

As kids when we raced, we would say, “On the march, get ready, get set, go!” As I thought about it, I realized that the correct word was marked. A mark is a visible impression. There is a mark to know where the race begins as well as where it ends. 

When you hear get ready that means to get down low if you’re in a race. You look for the starting mark as well as the finishing mark.  You also have a perimeter that you are required to remain in. If you get out of your lane you are disqualified. 

When you are in a track meet and come out of a block you’re in a position of being low. In order to stay ready for seasons, it is imperative to be in a position of studying the word, pondering the word, speaking the word as well as praying the word. All of these ingredients play a role in recovering. When we run in a race, there is a list of schools and groups in Amateur Athletics.

We have an order for the types of races. Some races include the100 mm run, the 200 mm run, hurdles, and the 4×4. Some throw the shot put and others throw the discus. At the end of the meets, all of the events count to contribute to where you place in the event.  It’s a team event.

During our Christian walk, we will discover that we are connected to other believers. It is like journeying along the different parts of the body. For example, you have the eyes for seeing, the ears for listening, the arms for reaching, and the hands for touching.  This journey requires the body of Christ to come on one accord in order to flourish.

In the publication called, “Our Daily Bread,” I read a daily devotional entitled,  “Stone Soup.” It was an old tale with many versions that told of a starving man who comes to a village, but no one there can spare a crumb of food for him. 

He puts a stone and water in a pot over a fire. Intrigued, the villagers watch him as he begins to stir his “soup.” Eventually, one brings a couple of potatoes to add to the mix; another has a few carrots. One person adds an onion, another a handful of barley. A farmer donates some milk. Eventually, the “stone soup” becomes a tasty chowder.

This tale illustrates the value of sharing, but it also reminds us to bring what we have, even when it seems to be insignificant. 

If we look at it spiritually. He had a rock: which represents Jesus. He had water: that represents the word. He had fire which represents the Holy Spirit.  

He stirred it up. We are to stir up the gift in us as well as others. 

All of us together make up the mixture of the body of Christ firmly joined together for every good work. In the book of John Chapter 6, verses 1-14, there is the story of a little boy with two fish and five loaves of bread. He cheerfully gave it to the disciples at Jesus’ command and it fed well over five thousand (KJV).

We have to be willing to share what we have no matter how small it is. That goes for sharing the word and praying for others, which is significant. 

Jesus said we must come to him with child-like faith. The little boy gave his all. He didn’t save any for himself. It is necessary for us to give God our all, when he calls for it.

Prophetess Lenita Akles is married to Dennis. They have three children and two grandsons. Together they attend Kingdom Place Ministries. Prophetess Lenita Akles works as a Registered Nurse and hospital chaplain.