Is Enough Enough?
People like things. They like to collect things. They like to show things off. They like to hoard things. They like to cling to things.
Right now you might be saying, "What?!?!"
In a conversation with a friend this week, we were talking about when is enough enough?
Do we have to own the whole store? Or can we survive with just the items we actually need.
There are those who have multiples of the same thing. And, yet, they never even use them.
Know what I mean?
Some own three, four, five houses, and yet, they live in one, maybe split time between two. They don't rent the others out. They just own them. Why?
Some of us would dearly love to win the lottery. Most, to acquire the wealth and never work again.
Actually, that doesn't sound like a horrible thing.
There are plans in place if that occurs to me before my hour of death. The money is to help so many others and organizations that I will probably be living in a tent.
But, want to know a secret? That would be okay with me! Been there, done that, and can do it again, if need be.
Yet, still, when is enough enough?
When I get up in the morning, I have food to eat. The same at lunch and dinner. So, why do I need a freezer/refrigerator crammed with enough food for 100? And, much of which will likely spoil before it's eaten.
If I have a cup of water, a slice of toast with butter, and a napkin (or clean sleeve), I have enough for breakfast.
If I have a sandwich and something to drink for lunch, I have enough.
If I have another sandwich for dinner, I have enough.
Could I eat more? You betcha! Do I need more? Absolutely not. I have enough.
I have clean clothes to wear today. I have clean clothes for tomorrow, as well. I have enough. I don't need a closet full of clothes that I don't even know if I have worn or not. I have enough.
Do I walk around barefoot? No, of course not. I have at least one pair of shoes. I have enough. Could I own more? Yes, but I have enough.
I have a car that runs well, is fun to drive, and gets me safely where I need to go whenever I need to be there. I have enough. Would a camper, or another vehicle be nice? Yeppers. But, I have enough.
Do I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, a shower and toilet, and windows to see out? I do. I have enough. Would a mansion be nice? Let me think about....of course it would! Don't need it though; I have enough.
I had an education. In fact, I have probably been to more schools and attended more classes than most. I still try, as a matter of habit, to learn something new every day. Would I like to go back to school if I could? Maybe. But, why? I have enough.
I don't own a TV. I would much rather read. Even though I prefer hardback or paperback real books, I also have kindle on my phone. Most of the time, I am even reading two books. I could always use more books. For today? I have enough.
Do I have enough cameras? Oh now, this is a difficult one. Though I am inclined to say no, truly, I do. But... well, you found my Achilles heel, okay? :)
How about people. Could I use more friends? You know what? I would rather have a handful of people who I value and who value me than a crowd of people who don't. So, by that standard, yes I do have enough. Could I use more? If they meet the same standard. For now, I have enough.
Have I had or taken the opportunity to travel? Indeed. I have traversed most of the United States and Canada, too. Would I enjoy traveling more? Yes, yes, yes! Do I really need to? There is a definite, but fine line, between need and want. I would want to, but I don't need to. I have enough.
Do I have enough D Lancaster Art in my room? That would depend on if YOU are making that judgement, or if I am. LOL!! The true answer is, I probably do. But, I can always find room for more. Still, I have enough.
Do I spend enough time in Abba's Word? Definitely not. Yet, time spent in His Word twice a day, plus multiple conversations during the day are enough. For today. Tomorrow, well, tomorrow, He will provide enough then, too.
Though I have enough, that does not mean I cannot strive to improve - which does not mean more possessions - it just means I can make a better version of me for tomorrow than I was today. I have enough to do that.
Should having enough ever encourage us to just stay where we are and be what we are today? No!!!!!
When the Israelites were wandering through the desert, they never worried about clothes or food. Abba kept their clothing in tact and he provided manna every day, without fail, and enough for every day.
They never got bogged down having to wander with tons of luggage filled with clothing or coolers full of food and drink. They had enough. When they needed it.
That sounds like the perfect life, doesn't it? Having enough?
Some of you may not be familiar with the poem I am about to share. I hope you enjoy it. I first read it in high school, I think. It made such an impression on me that it has stayed with me for these past 100 years. Okay, I jest about the time frame, but never about that poem's impact on me.
So, here it is:
I Wish You Enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”
By Bob Perks
We talked about planning your best life a couple of weeks ago. With that in mind, this poem is one of the best roadmaps to help you achieve your destiny. You have enough. You are enough.
So, my friend, I wish YOU enough. I thank you for being a part of this blog each week and for helping it be enough for you to enjoy.
We are on a journey together. Let's meet right back here next week and keep the journey going, shall we?
Take care, have a spectacular week, stay safe and well, and remember: YOU HAVE ENOUGH to be the BEST YOU. You ARE enough!