Monday, October 17, 2011

Enough, Just Enough

"Live simply so others may simply live." ~ Mother Teresa.
These days I am in the process of revisiting our family's definition of what it means to live with simply just enough... so that we can give more generously... so that others can have enough. I often find myself asking, "What constitutes enough?"

It is not an easy thing to quantify. Truth be told, I don't think there is one right answer... it will look different and it will vary for each person, each family unit, each community.

However, these two verses from the Bible quantify this question for me...
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
~ 1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT
If God has been generous with you, he will expect you to serve him well. But if he has been more than generous, he will expect you to serve him even better.
~ Luke 2:48 CEV
Two things are certainly true for our family: 1. We have enough food and clothing. 2. God has been more than generous with us.

These, therefore, evoke two responses: 1. We are called to be content. 2. We are called to serve him, not just well, but better than well.

With a heart full of thanksgiving... because He has given our family, not just enough... but more than enough! We are blessed to bless... called to live counter-cultural, radical lives for the display of His splendour... grace-gifts that never end, #1045 - #1057...

~ My boy's sickness forcing me to slow down...
~ Injured arm, on the road to recovery.
~ Two more Compassion children to join our family!
~ New books to read.
~ Cleaning closets.
~ De-cluttering bedrooms.
~ Diminishing pile of paperwork.
~ Re-starts, let's-try-this-again moments.
~ Warm boots and fluffy coats.
~ A go signal for a shoebox drive at my boy's school!
~ For His provision of enough... more than enough.

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1 comment:

  1. Living simply is a blessing that my husband and I also enjoy.

    joy & blessings to you,