Today’s Scripture Selection: John 10:10
“The thief comes only to steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
When is enough – enough?
When do you have enough money; enough friendship; enough love; enough power; enough respect; enough – anything?
I suppose if you were to ask 100 different people, from all walks of life, those questions – you’d come up with 100 different answers.
But one thing is clear. Most of us spend more time than we should be pondering the answers to those questions.
It seems to me that in our society – a society in which many of us have so much – it is something of a national obsession: deciding when we will have “enough” to be happy.
Then, Jesus’ words come hauntingly back to us:
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
For the Christ-follower, abundance shouldn’t be defined by the size of our bank account or the title on our office door or the power we wield in our personal or professional lives.
Abundance is all about a life that is the fullest it can be, because of how close we are to God.
Abundance is all about living a life full of trust in God’s abiding providential grace – not how good or bad our “balance sheet” looks on any given day.
Abundance is about looking at our family life; our chosen vocation; our prayer life; our ability to serve others in Christ’s name; our opportunities to give God glory in so many ways – every single day – and seeing in those things how we are living life “to the full.”
Abundance isn’t about “sitting pretty” as the world defines it; it’s about a daily walk with God in which we experience, over and over again, His amazing grace.
How much is enough? You’ll have to answer that one for yourself.
But for me – God’s ever present; ever abundant love is enough – more than enough.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your truly amazing; truly abundant love. AMEN.