This word “enough,” is one of those words used as an interjection, adverb, pronoun, or adjective. However we use the word, it is used a remarkable number of times throughout the day. We never seem to have enough material things, but have had enough, struggling for more. Some politicians aren’t good enough to get elected to a higher office, and most we have had enough of. You may not have enough food to feed your family, or you make have eaten enough to choke a horse. Enough is enough, enough of that, and as you see, we use the word enough, enough.
It is a word of want, and a word of excess. When we use the word in relation to our living sober, we never can do enough in gratitude for our freedom, and we rely on the One who is more than enough. There is a passage from Proverbs I really love, and I feel that its meaning has depth, and can be viewed as an attitude for living.
“O God I beg two favors from You; let me have them before I die. First, help me to never tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty or riches! Give me just ENOUGH to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord? And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” Prov.30:7-9 (NLT)
Just enough to satisfy, just enough to live. The word enough reflects balance in our life, having need for nothing. In Psalm 23, David wrote, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… and Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 6, He said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is ENOUGH for today.” Having enough, being satisfied, are in direct relation to our focus on today. The most difficult thing for a person to do is live within the confines of this 24 hours. We project and always tend to look into the future. We procrastinate and put important duties off until it is sunny and warm, or until we feel like it. We also become gripped with fear of what tomorrow may bring. Enough.
How do we say, I have enough for today, and enjoy the bounty of this moment? I believe that is only possible by how we start the day in surrendering our will and life to God’s will. We still must make plans. We have appointments, scheduled events, things to do later in the week. That’s a good reason to have a calender, and write down things for the future, then return to today. Squeeze everything you can out of these 24 hours. In this 24, we give to God, give to others, and do what needs done without putting them off. Today, we let others know of their importance. Today, we attack the things we don’t want to do because we don’t feel like it. Today, our life changes for good, never to refocus on the failures of the past. Today, we surrender all to God. We understand the word enough has everything to do with satisfaction, not from things, rather spiritual fulfillment, serenity, enough.
Jesus said to concern ourselves only about today, we have enough worries today, so fight today’s battles not tomorrows. David reflects God leading us as a sheperd leading his flock and providing enough, and protecting us enough. The proverb’s petition to God is for enough only, to survive, and is mirrored by the Lord’ prayer…give us this day our daily bread. If you have been in AA/NA, celebrate recovery, etc, you know the theme, One day at a time, and that is key for sobriety. After we sleep, we have only 14-16 hours to concern ourselves with, this short period should be lived as though there is no more to come. Take it, embrace it, and enjoy it. This is God’s daily gift of enough.
Well, enough of this, thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith