Last Sunday, this was my take-home line from the preaching. That day, we talked about the importance of not making money or other achievements our treasures, but that we lay up true, lasting treasures in heaven. A reminder to control our money, lest our money controls us.
As he talked about being content with what we have and living a simple lifestyle, he said this line,
Learn to say in your heart “This is enough”.
Are we always able to say this with complete honesty with ourselves? Can we say it and mean it? Our grades, our jobs, our lifestyle, our resume, our bank account, our followers. This is enough. This is enough. This is enough. There is nothing else I still need on top of this.
I already have a lot.
It made me realize how I’ve been really extravagant with my lifestyle. It’s still not as flamboyant as others, but compared to my way and standard of living as a student, I spend so much more now. I buy things, not because I need them, but want them. I don’t notice that I buy them just because I had the money to do so. I buy them because they look nice. They look exciting. It feels good to have them. And they draw me away from contentment, making me forget that even if I don’t have certain luxuries, I already have enough. More than I really need.
I have more than enough.
This week, I almost ran out of clothes to wear. Almost three weeks worth of laundry were brought home to the province by mom so that they can have it washed there and I don’t have to worry about it. At the back of my mind, I thought I had no more clothes, but really I had so many. Even after three weeks, there was probably still enough clothes in my closet to last me one more week. I had so many clothes already, I just don’t realize it because my eyes are far away, stranded at the sight of clothes that I didn’t have.
I have all that I need.
There’s a typhoon today and office work was cancelled. It’s days like this that I’m all alone in the condo and thinking of nothing else. It reminds me how much I have and how rich I already am. And I say this not to boast about what I do have, because it isn’t much compared to many others. But, I am reminded that God has given me enough and it is all sufficient for my needs. My family owns a unit on the 27th floor of a condominium where I can be safe. There are security guards at the lobby and emergency power in case the electricity is cut. I have some food in the fridge and some snacks I can eat to keep me from getting starved. There are so many accessible establishments around the area if I ever need anything. I have a comfortable bed and fast internet so I can keep in touch with everyone. I can just watch kdramas and scroll through my news feed all day. The unmistakable truth is that even if I don’t have much, I also have nothing to worry about.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1)
I am so well taken care of. I am so comfortable. I am so privileged to be where I am, where God has placed me and what God was given me. Sometimes we’re too worried about our futures and the prosperity that was promised to us, Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). But if you really think about it, aren’t we already prosperous now? Don’t we already have so much, on top of the life we are given that we so often take for granted?
If there’s something you want to buy or get or pursue, think about it. Do you need it? Or can you tell your heart today that “What I have is enough”?