January 16, 2015

When is enough, enough?


Lately, my heart has been needing simplification.  I keep coming back to the question, "When is enough, enough?"

Can you answer these questions:
How much of a raise do you need for it to be enough?
How many obligations before there is enough?
How many blog followers, Facebook friends, or Instagram likes are enough?
How many clothes before you have enough?

My biggest question is when does it ever end when we constantly want more or want to reach the next milestone? What happens if there is never an end? If life is a never-ending to-do list made to meet one goal just to make more goals to meet.

If this is the what our lives look like, how do we know when we have enough? What is our measure?
Is it when we have our basic needs met?
Or when we have just enough in case of emergency?
Or when we think we are financially set?

I don't know about you, but I think there is so much more to life than a constant to-do list.  I want a life that is full of the simple joys.  I don't want to get so wrapped up in what I don't have that I completely miss opportunities to serve Jesus.  I want to attune my heart to see what The Lord wants me to see each day; what needs He wants me to meet.  I don't want to be so focused on my to-do list that I miss my daily purpose.  I don't want to live a life full of "I need more to have enough," but a life full of "Jesus is enough".

But he said to me, "My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

So all these questions have led me to one conclusion, my life needs more Jesus and less stuff.  His perfect grace is all I really need, and all this other stuff is extra.  My prayer is that I realize I already have enough, so that my heart does not focus on the stuff, but Jesus.  

First, help me never to tell a lie.
    Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
    Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”
    And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.
Proverbs 30:8-9

This verse really hit me when I was praying through my need for more.  I want to be able to pray that God only gives me enough to satisfy my needs.  I want my heart's desire to be Proverbs 30:8-9 even though that is the exact opposite of my natural desire.  

I'm also not saying that I am about to giveaway all my belongings.  I am just saying that my heart needed refocusing.  I needed to remember that what I have isn't what matters, that there is such a bigger purpose in life than a pretty house and a cute closet.  
So what does enough look like for you? How can we help each other move from what society defines as enough to what Jesus defines as enough? How can we live simply? 

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