Am I Enough?

e·nough

/iˈnəf/

  1. 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.”

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