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It's Enough

Updated: May 1

We’re just days away from May, which is always a busy month.  There’s end of school field trips, teacher appreciation week, school awards ceremonies, Mother’s Day and the transition into summer activities and rhythms.  Throw in a special event and a family birthday and you’ve got a packed calendar.  It’s often in these seasons that I feel like there’s not enough of me to go around.  Which can spiral into feelings that my efforts fall short; it’s not enough.

That feeling of “not enough” can creep up in a variety of ways.  Below are just a few examples:

  • We hear of a non-profit need, but we don’t donate because our contribution wouldn’t be “enough”

  • We know about volunteer efforts available, but we don’t give any of our time because we can’t give “enough” of our time

  • We worry as parents if we’re doing right by our kids, if our efforts in caring, loving and guiding them well are “enough”

  • We shy away from using our talents because we compare ourselves to others and deem what we have to offer as not “enough”

  • We reject small efforts to care well for ourselves through exercise or eating right because we don’t believe that our actions would be “enough”.

The list could go on and on.  It can be easy to look at what we have to offer and be quick to give up.  But can I encourage you that what you have to offer is indeed enough?  Sure, we’re all imperfect human beings with shortcomings, but we can and do have something to contribute.  And that contribution matters!  We have to shake off any lies and trust that what we can do and what we have to offer matters.

And the even better news is that we have a loving Heavenly Father who then uses what we have to offer for His glory.  We can do our part in the natural, and then God does what only God can do in the supernatural.  And then it’s MORE than enough.  God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine.  Ephesians 3:20 says, “Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us.  By this power He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”

What a gift to know that my job in life is to do what I can, and then to rest in knowing that God will do His part in a way that only He can.  So, when I’m tempted to shrink back or disengage from something that I know I can do, I remember that what I can offer is enough.  And then with God it’s more than enough. 

So, what might be something that you’re shying away from?  Maybe you’ve been hesitant to start writing a rough draft of that book you’ve always wanted to write.  Or maybe you want to support a nonprofit, but always thought you had to have a significant contribution to even get started.  Or maybe you need to rest in the assurance that what you’re currently doing is enough already and there’s nothing else to be added to it.  Be encouraged that no matter where you’re at, that your part is enough and it matters.  And with this in mind, we can all survive (if not thrive!) the whirlwind of May with peace, grace and joy. 

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