I have declared war on the words “not enough.”  When we combine those words, they create a toxic, psyche-wrecking, immeasurable word cocktail.  They greet us every morning and torment us all day.  How much sleep did you get?  Not enough.  How much money do you have?  How much weight have you lost?  How much time do you have?  You get the idea.

Not enough thinking creates a scarcity mentality.  When our minds perceive there are not enough resources, be it time, sleep, etc., fear and shame begin to shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  We anxiously hoard resources and berate ourselves if we feel we aren’t measuring up.  We erroneously believe we don’t have enough, and we aren’t enough.

Today, my Jesus Calling devotional had this to say: “As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember I am a God of abundance.  I will never run out of resources; My capacity to bless you is unlimited.  You live in a world of supply and demand where necessary things are often scarce.  Through spending time in My Presence, you gain glimpses of My overflowing vastness…Even now, you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive.”

There’s a story in the Bible about an embittered woman who met Jesus at a well.  Jesus asked her to give him a drink.  Instead of giving Him a drink, she gave Him some sass.  Jesus then told her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it was asking you for a drink, you’d ask Me for a drink, and I would give you streams of living water.”

The areas we think we need are actually invitations to seek His abundance.  There is no scarcity with God.  He owns everything, and He knows your needs better than you.  The woman at the well thought she needed a pitcher of water.  Jesus knew she needed Him.  After meeting Him, she dropped her pitcher and went running to tell others about Jesus.  Her actual needs were met.

Jesus tells us when we seek Him first, His Kingdom and righteousness, all the things we feel are scarce will be given to us.  When you don’t have enough time, slow down and seek His presence.  Watch Him create extra time for you.  Not enough sleep?  Rest in Him.  If finances feel tight, give to others.  If you don’t feel you are enough, look at Him.  When you see the fullness of Who lives inside you, you begin to understand it’s impossible to be full of Him and not enough at the same time.

When you belong to Jesus, the words “not enough” are akin to the monster in the closet, non-existent outside of your head.  Remember, you have access to as much of Him as your faith can receive.  Trust me, you have enough faith.  Jesus says it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed.  So, whip out your mustard seed, and don’t be afraid to use it.  Seek Him in His abundance.  As it says in John 1:16, “from His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace.”  Now, go kick those toxic words to the curb.  Enough is enough!

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