Enough For Today: by Kate Elizabeth Conner
Here’s an annoying thing about God: He doesn’t give us as much as we want. Of anything. We want to see the whole path but He usually only gives us enough light for the step that we’re on. We want to have enough money to last a lifetime– so that we don’t have to worry. So that we can volunteer and entertain and parent and grandparent and serve and rest and give without hesitation. But God is not really in the business of setting us up for life. We say “So I don’t have to worry,” and He hears, “So I don’t have to trust.”
Here is a gorgeous thing about God: He always gives us enough. Meditate on that. He doesn’t give us as much as we want, but He always, always gives us enough. Not enough for the week or the month or the year – but enough for today.
If our satisfaction hinges on our feeling safe in our own power and planning, our satisfaction will always be at our fingertips, but never in our hands. We will be hamsters on wheels chasing after “enough” for tomorrow, then the next day, then the next day.
Enough money, enough strength, enough health, enough forgiveness, enough grace. But there can be no spiritual hoarding in the kingdom of God.
In the Old Testament, when God’s people were wandering in the desert, and they were unsatisfied in every way – tired, weary, hungry, and scared – God rained down bread from the sky: manna. He literally opened up the clouds and poured out provision and hope. And there is this wonderful phrase, He said, “Those who gathered little did not have too little, and those who gathered much did not have too much.” Because God’s grace is in direct proportion to our need. However much you need, you get.
If, in that desert, you gathered more manna than you needed for the day, it spoiled. Always enough, never too much. For years God’s people had to get up every morning to collect their bread from heaven – and it was always enough, for today. God doesn’t give weekly bread (or yearly bread, or 3 months worth of living expenses-bread) – He gives us daily bread.
We cannot hoard God’s grace for a rainy day. We can only walk outside of our tents and gather exactly what we need for this day. His manna is new every morning. His mercies are new every morning. We don’t need enough for a year to be satisfied. We only need enough for today. And in Christ, we have enough for infinite todays.
Allow your soul to be satisfied with grace for today. When you need more, there will be more. But for this moment, breathe and be satisfied.
*Kate Elizabeth Conner is a meditations contributor to Yoga Bird Co and author of the books “Enough” and “10 Things For Teen Girls.”
July 28, 2015
There are times I become completely submerged in my computer. After I come up for air I feel as if my mind could just explode from information overload. I can see that I excessively consume information and it leaves my soul feeling sluggish and weighed down, just as if I’d eaten way too much for dinner.
Ken Wytsma writes, “At some psychological level, we’re addicted to our approach to information and it’s hard to resist the temptation to try to subtract by continuing to add.”
More information will not get us where we’re trying to go! We can stop trying to climb up for God has already come down. He has given us The Christ, all that we need. Paul teaches, “Don’t copy this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So! Let’s put our childish ways behind us in order to renew our minds and grow our souls. We can begin our journey by practicing self assessment, looking inward rather than pointing fingers outward and loving others as ourselves.
Less information. More transformation.
March 24, 2015
Author of “Enough,” blogger and meditation writer for Yoga Bird, Kate Elizabeth Conner, hits home for me with her thoughts and experiences on self discipline or the lack thereof! I too have learned through the years that my self-control (with food) must take place in the grocery store, not while I’m in the middle of an episode of “Mad Men.” Kate frames this lifestyle so well and puts it into words for us to ponder and apply to our own journeys.
“I am really great at doing the right thing when the right thing is my only available option.
I am awesome at not buying brownie mix. I can’t remember the last time I purchased the stuff.
I am less awesome at not eating brownies. I CAN remember the last time I ate brownies for breakfast, lunch,and dinner – it was the last time I bought brownie mix.
In sum, I am THE BOMB at not eating brownies…as long as there are no brownies around.
The times that I’ve been the most disciplined and put together in my life were not thanks to me – they were thanks to a total lack of options.
I don’t think of myself as a very disciplined person. Homework was never really my jam. Neither was balancing my checkbook. I could take it or leave it, and by that, I obviously mean that I left it. Disciplined people are the kind of people who can see brownies and think, “I am only going to eat one of those.” Disciplined people can mind-over-matter stuff. They can, say, just GET UP when the alarm goes off. They can stick to the plan. ANY PLAN.
“I am learning to organize my life in such a way that makes the right things easier and the wrong things tougher.”
I am the pits at that breed of self-discipline. What I am is a pretty decent self-scheduler.”
Continue on and read her full blog post here. It’s spot on and as always, Kate writes with the perfect blend of kindness, humor and snark. 🙂
May 29, 2014