I, like many others, often complain about not having enough. Money, stuff, chances to see friends, free time, etc.
The problem is me.
I make 30,000 a year as a teacher. That should be more than enough. That is so much more than other people make. There are people starving in the streets and yet somehow I don't have enough.
This really struck me tonight.
God gives us more than enough if we are willing to stop and really consider how we live I think.
I eat way too much and often get extra special food or waste food or do so many other things that aren't right.
I buy stuff. And that is really the best way to describe it. It is just stuff.
I have 2 drawers full of t-shirts. I can't wear all of them. Why do I have all of them? If I do laundry once a week I can't get through all those shirts. And 4 suits. And dress pants and khaki pants and jeans and and and and.....
I have a Nintendo and a Sega and a 64 and a PS3. And worse I have games upon games for them. Why do I need all this stuff? And movies and cds and books, and games, and and and....
No wonder I don't have enough money right now.
The problem is me.
I really think that if I stop and look at how I spend money I would see how wasteful I am. And really, all I need is God. God will provide; He always does.
God will provide what I need.
But I don't need stuff. I only need the basics of life.
Buying stuff is fun because we all want what is shiny and new; or worse we want what we see other people getting.
Have you ever bought something because other people are buying it and they seem to be having fun? Have you ever noticed that the novelty of having it wears off rather quickly?
Sure having some stuff is nice. I am not saying I need to live in complete poverty. But perhaps if I looked closer at the stuff I have I would see that I have so much more than so many other people and I don't need all this stuff.
I have more than enough. I don't need to live so lavishly. Maybe there are quite a few out there like me; living for stuff and bigger and better stuff and more stuff and stuff we don't need.......
I have more than enough and God has provided. But what I really need isn't stuff I can buy. It is something that has already been given to me for free.
Grace. Love. Forgiveness. Acceptance. Family and Friends.
More Than Enough for me.