Fear of not having enough or fear that God won’t provide are what author Jack Alexander calls a scarcity mindset. When we hoard what little we have, God can’t use us. The author writes, “When we have a scarcity mind-set, we hold on to what we have been given instead of freely giving it to others—and God’s miracle of provision stops.”
In contrast to a scarcity mindset, the author urges us to develop a capacity mindset. Capacity is not limited to the current circumstances as we see or experience them. Rather, our lives and circumstances have the capacity to be more. While scarcity looks at how little we have, capacity looks at how much God can make of it. Again, the author writes, “Living within God’s capacity changes the entire conversation. It’s no longer about living in scarcity and whether we have enough, because in regard to God’s purposes, everything we are and everything we have can be more.”
Throughout the book, Alexander follows the miracle of the loaves and fish to show how God can take our sacrifices and make them into infinitely more than we could imagine, but it first begins with relinquishing our right to keep it for ourselves.
I had always heard of the abundance vs. scarcity comparison, but the idea of thinking about capacity or potential was new to me. It’s given me a new way to reframe my fear of God’s apparent lack of provision.
The only downside I found in the book had to do with the points drawn from the loaves and fish. Some of the applications were a stretch—a fish tale, if you will. But that in no way diminished the overall message of the book and the positive teaching about capacity thinking in God’s economy.
To sum up in the author’s words, “The sense of scarcity that fills the world now, the feeling that there is not enough, is present because we alone are not enough. Only God is enough.”
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