Giving, not getting, is the way. Luke 6:38 (MSG)
Your Enoughness – Note To Self Series – Part 4
The idea of scarcity drives many of our fears. There’s not enough water, food, room, land, medical resources, education, money, friends, family, positions, and more, to go around.
There is not enough.
You are not enough.
I am not enough.
This (above) is a note we write ourselves (and our world and those whom we share it with) more than daily. We fight and struggle and strive and hoard so that we finally one day will do enough, have enough, and be enough. We live like the enoughness in the world is a pie with only a few slices. So we better get as big a piece as we can to sure up our “enoughness.”
What we’re speaking over ourselves, and over the world, is materializing. We are using up the earth's resources faster than we are replacing them (if we’re replacing them at all). We consume and stockpile food and clothing and ‘stuff’ like there’s a never-ending supply of it – like we don’t already have enough. We wall up our homes and neighborhoods, cities and countries, afraid that if we let people in, we’ll lose what ‘little’ we have. “There is not enough.”
And as long as we keep believing it, confessing it, and practicing “not enoughness,” there never will be.
God said to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you…” (2 Cor 12:9) It is enough.
In Genesis, God created humanity in his own creative image. And ever since, we have had the power, ingenuity, and the means to create, innovate, and invent.
When there wasn’t enough food at lunch, a little boy gave his food away… and that act of generosity manifested in enough food for everyone. (John 6).
It would seem that giving out of a sense of “there is enough” creates an environment where there actually will be enough.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37 – 38 MSG.
NOTE TO SELF: Enough. You are, you have, there is.
I know it may not seem like it. Lack is everywhere. That is a true story. But we don’t address the issue of lack by creating more lack, both within and outside of ourselves. Lack COULD be a small part of a bigger story. A longer note. One where we realize that there is enough, you are enough, and the way for there to be enough for everyone is to give out of our own enoughness.
When you believe that you are and that you have enough, giving doesn’t threaten your personhood, your slice of the pie (there is pie…), or your sense of security. You no longer have to be more and do more and have more to be significant. Significance and belonging become a shared experience of generosity from one to another, from the physical to the emotional, to the spiritual.
And it starts IN you.