Bigger, Better, More

There’s a common mindset that says bigger, more & better should be the continual pursuit. I say this now because I’m in a camera shop waiting to get some technical help & noticing the spectrum of cameras available in each brand. There are the simple point & shoot kind all the way to the ones that can tie your shoes & microwave popcorn. Ok, not really but kind of.
I wonder if the enemy of our souls doesn’t send us down this rabbit trail to distract us from learning the secret of being content in any & every situation. In the same line of thinking, is Jesus enough for us or do our decisions, time & money say something different?
I’m not buying a better camera today, nor do I want to swallow the deception that more & better need to control my life 🙂

Do You Have Enough?

Commercials on tv & the web make it seem like we never have enough. From these marketing efforts, it seems like we don’t have enough status, popularity, image, health, time, etc. I think we often believe these distortions, even subconsciously, or such marketers would try different tactics. But their sales efforts don’t really satisfy that “enough” chasm in our souls.

So what makes us full? What satisfies? What truly fulfills us?

I don’t think anyone or anything will ultimately satisfy us because of how we are created by God. Indeed, it’s been my experience that I’m the most fulfilled & richly satisfied when I’m attentive to the Holy Spirit. And being aware that the Holy Spirit is always with me let’s me live in a healthy equanimity that nothing human can provide. The Holy Spirit is enough for me.

be gentle with yourself

Last week, I returned from an extremely compressed trip to Cambodia with Saving Moses and it’s been an interesting return.  I thought that because the trip was so short (I was in country for like 48 hours) that I’d have a relatively easy re-entry into my regular home routine (sleep, etc).  Not so much.  My sleep has been really messed up, my routines have been whacked out & my emotions have been pretty messy.  All this can get me even more wound up & stressed out – making things even more intense.

But alas, I find that God is an ever present help and is eager to carry me rather than add on more pressures and burdens.  Sometimes we need to be gentle with ourselves and always let God help us in our weaknesses, humanity & struggles 🙂

growing #3: enough

Enough is an interesting word.  It makes me think of other words like, full, satisfied, adequate and others.  I’ve been thinking about this word in many different ways – one of them related to rhubarb 🙂  You see, when I was growing up, we had a few rhubarb plants & my mom would make these really tasty rhubarb desserts.  So over the last 5 years, I’ve tried to remember to buy some rhubarb plants to plant in the Spring.  I’ve failed because I always remembered too late & the stores were all out of rhubarb plants.  But this year is different 🙂  I bought a few plants over the Easter weekend & I’m really excited to plant them – now I’m just trying to figure out where.  I want to make sure that I get them in a place with enough sunlight – enough being the operative word.

Of late, the word “enough” has been interrupting all kinds of thoughts – making me think that I don’t have “enough.”  Maybe you’re like me & perhaps you wish you had more time, more energy, more wisdom, more money, more sleep, more sun, more friends, more help, more love, more rhubarb ,)  more patience, more . . . . . just plain more.  God & I have been chatting about this dilemma – maybe I would be more accurate to say that we’ve been wrestling about this topic.

So its interesting to note that yesterday in my Bible time I read Ps 107:9, “He satisfies the hungry and fills the hungry with good things.”  Furthermore, I’ve been studying about God’s grace this morning & He tells me that His grace is “enough”.  Perhaps my challenge is that I’m looking to my own resources more than looking to God as my provider.  When I see God as my provider, then I can trust that whatever He gives me is “enough.”  But when I get my focus off of God & onto myself or something else, then I easily fall into the lack trap – never enough.

Ever struggle with keeping your focus on God?  What are some things that you’ve found helpful in keeping your focus centered on God?  Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂