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Friday, August 12, 2011


He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life



So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 

Matthew 6:31-34

I didn’t win $220 million in the lottery today. It was a beautiful morning.  I awakened early to walk the dog, and what a glorious walk it was.  The grass and the skies were verdant, lush, cool.  I walked past several houses for sale, which I imagine I could’ve bought had I won $220 million dollars in the lottery.  The dog and I wandered for nearly 3 miles this morning, and the abundance we encountered stunned me into smiling silence.  There is so much in my world. 

What would I do if I owned a mansion? Stress more about keeping it clean, filling it with stuff, stressing because the stuff didn’t stay organized, stay clean, stay current? Do I need more space for more stuff?  The better question is what do I need? Wikipedia defines need as “Requir[ing] (something) because it is essential:” So, I don’t need a bigger house, thought I might think I want one.  The lesson learned this morning—while I may desire plenty, I have enough.

Why does the concept of enough get such a bad rap? Have we become so enmeshed in the culture of excess that meeting our needs is insufficient? Last weekend, we went to Costco.  I like Costco; it helps us meet our needs at a fair price.  I have learned not to fill my basket with stuff simply because it’s available at a great price; I purchase what I need, or at least I thought so.  The strawberries and the blueberries we purchased at Costco Sunday, have already gone bad, forcing me to toss them out.  I thought I’d bought just enough, but my lure into excess cost me more than I needed to spend.  Does popular culture lead us into temptation? Do we even know what we need? 

The essential needs of human beings, according to the Human Scale Development school, are broadly defined as “few, finite and classifiable.”  Honestly, we desire plenty, but in most cases, we have more than enough.  I have enough. I have more than enough, since my laundry can sit several days before we have nothing to wear.  I have enough, since there is always a choice of what to eat or what to cook.  I celebrate enough.  My needs are met.  Rather than spending any more time stressing about plenty, I celebrate enough.  I give thanks for needs met, bountifully.  And again I embrace my abundant life, providing today’s evidence that God is Good.

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