Three Taverns Church

Who You Are Is Enough

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Who I am is enough. What I have is enough.
– Unknown

Who you are is enough. What you have is enough.

Doesn’t often feel that way, though, does it? Know why? Because we’re stuck in an addictive society which rejects this truth. If you had to rewrite the mantra above based on the way you feel on any given day, it would probably sound something like this:

Who I am is not smart enough, attractive enough, athletic enough, tall enough, cool enough, thin enough, strong enough, caring enough, loving enough, supportive enough, friendly enough, happy enough, healthy enough, spiritual enough, brave enough, hard-working enough, emotionally balanced enough, or accepting enough.

What I have isn’t…well, it isn’t enough!

John Rockefeller, one of the richest and most powerful men in American history, was once asked, “How much is enough?” His answer: “Just a little more.” Sure feels that way, doesn’t it?

But do you ever wonder why the holiest men and women of the Christian tradition, hell, of any tradition, lived in near poverty? If our self-talk is accurate and we need to be and have so much more, how could the saints have been right to choose the life they did? In fact, how could Jesus have been “enough” when he was broke and homeless the last 3 1/2 years of His life?

Because who He was, was enough. Because what He had was enough.

Who you are is enough. What you have is enough.

Why is that so hard to believe?

For one thing, you’re told hundreds of times every day through various marketing campaigns that you are not enough because you don’t yet own whatever it is the marketers are trying to sell. It’s hard for our self-talk to fight that kind of repetition.

Another reason it’s hard to believe who we are is enough is that we’re part of a productive society that requires its members to conform to a set of norms. This process of conformity starts at home, where we learn which parts of us are “good” and which parts are “not good”. We personalize our conformity to such a degree that we end up believing we are our behaviors, both the good and the not-good. In other words, my good behaviors make me good, and my not-good behaviors make me not-good. This is the fundamental problem of all religious systems…but that’s the topic of another post.

Who you are is enough. The “good” parts you love showing off and the “not good” parts you keep in the shadows.

What you have is enough. Yes, even if you’ve got less than Mr. Rockefeller.

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