There are times in life when the ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel solid, fixed, or secure. It’s a scary feeling. It’s as if the rug’s been pulled out from under you and you’re left to drift through life, desperately seeking a footing.
Jesus calls us to live a simple life, not the life of disorder and chaos.
Last spring I shifted my daily routine from exercising first thing and squeezing in a quiet time to having my quiet time first thing and exercising later. The fruit of just a minor change was amazing – my attitude improved, my outlook on life was better, I had more clarity and discernment, and best of all my relationship with God was richer, deeper, and satisfying. But sometime in the last few months my habits shifted back to my old ways and the fruit I had was shriveling up. When crunched for time I’d spend less time with God instead of exercising and I noticed an increase in anxiety, the feeling of distance from God, and uncertainty in decision-making. Thankfully after a relatively short season of confusion, God made it clear to me why I was feeling the way I was. So, I’ve committed to start my day with Him. If I don’t get to work out that day, then so be it. It’s better to miss that than my time with God. (1 Timothy 4:8)
as much or as many as required.“too much work and not enough people to do it”
synonyms: sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary
For clarity’s sake, let’s rephrase the question “Am I enough?”, using the above definition: “Am I sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary?”
Though the (original) question is but three words, it’s a heavy one and multifaceted. (It makes my brain hurt thinking of all the avenues it takes me down – granted, I’m a classic “over-thinker”). And I think the answer is paradoxical – we have enough to get by in this life with what God has given us (so yes, I am enough), but we don’t have enough to do all that God calls us to, to thrive, and to live the life of eternity (so no, I am not enough).
Think of it as if we are a drinking glass. God pours enough of Himself into us when He creates us so we may live, but leaves room for more. Though the water He gave may be “enough” for life, the world taints it and we have lack causing us to thirst for more. So we may be “sufficient”, but we’re not all-sufficient. Our glass has enough, but there’s still emptiness; our glass has water, but the world has tainted it. It’s what we do with this that determines our future. Do we give our emptiness and filth to Him or to the things of this world, hoping it will cleanse us and fulfill us?
Though we may be enough, we are beckoned by the God who is More than Enough (El Shaddai) so we can live our lives beyond “just enough.”