Hi everyone. Rob here.
One of the most powerful words we can be using right now is this: Enough. So often we don’t feel that we have enough…
Enough strength (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual)
And so and so on. This feeling of ‘not enough’ is what we call deficit thinking. We all know it far too well. It often leads to people thinking that what’s needed is abundance. An abundance of time, money, ability etc. The pursuit of abundance in turn becomes very difficult and only serves to reinforce deficit thinking. That’s why there are so many people who live in abundance who still feel like they never have enough. Rich people feel poor, intelligent people feel stupid and strong people feel weak.
Enough isn’t about what you have as much as it’s about what you perceive. With ‘abundance’ you always try to get more but with ‘enough’ you wake up and realise that you already have it. Enough is related to need, but abundance is related to want. We have enough to do what we need to do, and be who we need to be, but it doesn’t help us tick off a wishlist that isn’t based on reality. If we find we don’t have enough maybe it’s because we haven’t based our life on reality.
Paul wrote this in Philippians 4:12
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Paul is writing this in prison and, even there, he discovered that he always had enough.
We have enough because we are in Christ and in Christ there is always enough. In Christ the 5000 can get fed. In Christ the disciples, so hopeless much of the time, can heal people and tell demons where to go. In Christ a prisoner, like Paul, can feel free and those who are weak can be strong. In Christ we remember that we are worth more than many sparrows and the Father feeds the sparrows.
So to gain the perspective of ‘enough’ we have to focus on the reality of ‘in Christ.’ When we remember who we are we discover what we have. We also have to remember that we have enough for ‘right here, right now.’ In Christ we have enough and we are enough for this moment and this place, right now. Now is reality. Now is all that we have and now is eternal when Christ is present. Here is where the kingdom of God is because you are an ambassador of Christ.
So today we can put aside the worry we have for the future. We can bring our deficit thinking to the cross. We can die to our desire for abundance. We can remember that we are in Christ and Christ is in us. In Christ there is enough and in Christ the kingdom of God is present. Right here, right now God is with us, we are his children and as his children, we have enough. Therefore, we, like Paul in his prison cell, can be content.
Grace and peace everyone.