Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Redefining Enough

We are tempted to define enough as, "always something more than I have now."
Martin B. Copenhaver is Senior Pastor, Wellesley Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the author, with Lillian Daniel, of This Odd and Wondrous Calling: the Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers

Everyday my church denomination ...United Church of Christ (UCC) sends out/posts a daily devotional called Still Speaking Daily Devotional. November 8 was on Abundance and Scarcity.  The line above stayed with me.  I find that one line life changing.  We are tempted to define enough as "always something more than I have now"  I am asking myself is this how I define enough? Is this how I have been unconsciously defining enough?  And if this is true, then I can explain why I am always fearful of lack.  This would explain why I am always desperate about money.  My definition of enough is distorted.  It is rooted in not being in the present moment. 

I have not been standing in my present grace.  The abundance of this moment is the blessing and yet I have been missing it more times than I care to share. I have put my attention on what's ahead and what might come, rather than looking at what is before me right now.  Right now I am well.  My kids are healthy and fed.  We have a roof over our heads today.  I have been worrying into the future and not taking better care of my right now.  I am not talking about giving up goals and making plans.  What I am coming to understand is that I need balance of creating plans and living in the present.

I have to redefine enough.


Big Mark 243 said...

I like Sinead O'Connor. I thought she was a fantastic singer. I also admire her as well (but that is a different subject).

When I was a younger man (how old do you think I am, with all this grey in my hair and on my face?), she released an album titled, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". It captured my feelings about life and living. From this, feel feel entitled to expand and explore all I have and that ambition has always led to my gaining 'more' at the same time I am satisfied with 'all that I have'.

Hope it makes sense... I just know that it does to me..!

Moanerplicity said...

I know what you mean, especially about NOT standing inside your present grace. I've been guilty of this before... BUT NOT ANYMORE!

I really tend to notice how my friends & relatives who (happen to be Scorpios) have this trait where they can't wait to move on to the NEXT thing, the next party, the next relationship, the next location, always the NEXT something as if something better is always waiting elsewhere... instead of just breathing inside the present and FEELIN it, fully.

I hope you will remain open to the Blessings given to you inside this very moment. They, most times, truly are "enough."