My friend is reading the book (Brene` Brown's Daring Greatly) where she found this quote, and I am incredibly grateful to her for sharing it with me because it resonated with me on a foundational level. Even now I am rushing because I worry I won't have enough time to finish before the baby wakes.
It is amazing to me that in a culture in which we are surrounded by a gross over-abundance of food, drink, entertainment, products, you-name-it, we still never feel as though we have enough. We still live with this heart-issue of scarcity. We are continually unsatisfied, unhappy, stressed. Nothing is enough for us.
It is disheartening, perhaps even sickening, especially when compared to other cultures which have so little. We may easily spend enough superfluous dollars in one month to feed a family in a struggling country for an entire year. Or to fund an operation to free children from sex or labor trafficking. Yet, we're not satisfied. We still want more. We still feel lacking.
What if - just for today - we choose to believe that we have enough? Really believe. We have food to eat. Enough. We have a place to sleep and stay warm. Enough. God is the Author of Time and our purpose on this earth. Enough. Jesus is our True Rest. Enough.
The song says, "Nothing in this world can satisfy. Jesus, You're the cup that won't run dry."
What if - just for today - we really choose to believe that nothing in this world will satisfy? And that Jesus will. What if we abandon our scarcity mindset and pursuit of empty wells?
I'm betting that quote by Twist resonated with you, too. Don't you think it's time we do something about it?
"Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent.'" - John 6:29 NLT
We've got to choose to believe He is enough. And it'll take some work to retrain our old mindsets, but it'll be worth it.
"For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is, 'I didn't get enough sleep.' The next one is, 'I don't have enough time.' Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of... before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack... This internal condition of scarcity, this mindset of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life." -Lynn Twist
Guess what - My baby is still asleep.