American society is constantly pushing the notion that we don’t have enough.
We don’t have enough accolades. We don’t have enough friends/family. We don’t have enough money.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of this attitude. Most of us have more than we know what to do with.
Our problem is no longer not having enough. It’s having too much.
We Have Enough
When I look back on the last 11 years of my life, it’s been a wild ride.
I’ve had times of gainful employment and not so gainful employment. The same goes for my wife.
We’ve had times where money wasn’t a problem. Then money was a problem.
But, even during those scarce times, we had more than enough to make due.
Food was always on the table. We had clothes on our backs. We were even able to feed our dogs.
There was enough.
We Have More Than Enough
Our lean times were rough. While we never went hungry, we did have to cut back on a lot of things.
We didn’t go out to the movies as much as we would have liked. We didn’t go on date nights enough. We didn’t eat the dinners we would have liked. Especially for being newly married.
We didn’t buy everything we desired.
We still had more than enough.
Our closets were full. Our bellies were full (with leftovers). Our hearts were full.
Even when we thought we didn’t have enough, we had more than enough.
We Have Enough For Others
Honesty time: I have a hard time giving away things. I like to surround myself with collectibles. I also like to save money.
I can stash it away in the bank or stocks better than most people I know.
If I’m honest with myself, I don’t need everything I’m stashing away. I don’t need everything I’m buying.
What does this mean?
It means I have enough. I have more than enough. I have enough for others.
With our abundance, we are called to be sharers of our good fortune.
We’re able to bless others we see in need. We can readily give what we have an abundance of to help those that don’t.
We Have To Be Content With Enough
As we begin blessing others with what we have, it diminishes what we have to spend on ourselves. It makes us less wealthy in the world’s eyes.
Yet it does something else. It makes us wealthy in other ways.
We’re able to be blessed for being a blessing. We’re able to learn content in gain and in loss. We’re able to be okay whatever state of life we’re in.
We’re learning to be content with what we have. And what we have is a lot.
We have friends. We have families. We have beloved pets. We have work. We have time. We have each other. We have books. We have music. We have our church. We have movies. We have toys. We have cars. We have homes. We have furniture. We have heat. We have running water.
We have enough.