Enough

I am still filled with these words:  I get enough. 

By elizabeth lies


Ann Voskamp blogged about these words recently and they've been dancing around in my mind ever since.  (You can read her post here.)

Those three words, the simple realization of a foundational truth of contentment, came at the perfect time for me.  My pastor Dan just finished his sermon series on the book of Colossians -- a series that he called Complete, emphasizing Paul's focus on how the church at Colossae had everything that they needed in Christ.  And how the same is true for us in 2015 in Bloomington.  Nothing needs to be added.

I so often forget this though, at least functionally.  I get tired of biking around in the summer heat, I miss my college friends, I feel lonely as I watch a couple in church hold hands and wonder if that will ever be a part of my life.  And I easily allow these feelings to turn into discontentment, buying into the same lie that Eve did, wondering if God's really good.

But the truth is, I get enough.  And so, so much more.

I do not always steward that "enough" well.  Some days I get home from work and I'm hot and tired and all peopled-out, so I crash and nap and eat and surf Facebook, and take the easy outs rather than being more disciplined and productive.  There are plenty of things that I love to do and would say I'll never have enough time to do -- studying languages, reading, writing, cooking, taking pictures -- but to do any of those well requires focus and discipline that it's easier not to summon up.

This blog post on Desiring God, You Have Just Enough Time, has been on my mind recently too.

Enough.

I don't want to come to the end of my life and think, "Wow, if only I had more time... more opportunities... more..."  I want to live my life fully, knowing that God has graciously given me all that I need (and a great deal more besides), rejoicing in that and praising Him for it, and using it well.

So as this summer winds to its close and fall begins, and students come back to Btown and rhythms of "normal life" start back up, I am praying to remember that I get enough, and to live like I believe it.

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