Some days I wake up wishing there was more to my life.
More easy. More financial freedom. More friends. More purpose. Just more.
The world is constantly telling us we need more, bigger, better, and greater to become accomplished and successful.
The truth is this comes from an immense lie that has wielded power from the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden where Satan convinced Eve she was not enough and that God was holding back from her. What is this great lie — it’s the lie of lack.
The lie of lack tries to convince us we are not enough, do not have enough, and can not do enough to be seen, known, and heard. The lie of lack always tries to prompt us to believe we are missing out. The lie of lack wants us to strive, compete, and labor against others and ourselves. The lie of lack doesn’t want us fulfilled in peace and rest — it wants us to want more.
More always wants more. It is never satisfied. It is never fulfilled. It is never fully supplied.
More in our Finances
This past year our family has lived on zero income (without governmental assistance.) Many who have heard our story have a difficult time understanding how this is possible — but Jesus. He makes a way.
Despite no income for the last thirteen months, our family has been provided for. It has not always been in our timing, nor has it been an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination.
Throughout the past thirteen months, we have experienced God’s incredible faithfulness time and time again. We know who our source is — Jesus.
Despite seeing and experiencing faithful provision when I awoke this morning and checked our bank account, to make sure my husband had been paid for the short-term job he just started, I experienced both a wave of peace and lament.
Peace that money was there to pay the bills and provide the needs our family has. Lament that after I paid those things today there would not be more than a couple of dollars left.
Despite the last year of God’s faithful gifts, my heart perceived lack. I forgot, in a moment of weakness God’s great faithfulness to our family in our financial need.
He is a good Father and can be trusted. This is also true for relationships.
The Desire for More Relationships
A few years ago my husband and I were deep in community with the Church body we were part of in Ohio. There were always people to spend time with in joy and laughter. We had strong relationships. We were comfortable. We were settled. We were seen, known, and heard.
Then we moved to Tennessee.
After we left Ohio we lost many of those relationships due to the lack of proximity — only a few of them have remained with regular communication other than a lurking follow on social media.
We haven’t had an abundance of friendships since we moved. It has been hard. It has been lonely. We have had pretty much only each other.
As someone who is normally quite extroverted and thrives in being a part of growing relationships, this has been a difficult season for me. I miss relationships that include calling up a girlfriend to go shopping with or enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation across the kitchen table.
It’s during those lonely seasons lack tries to convince us we are not good enough to have friends. That there is something we are missing and wrong with us. This is not true. There is nothing wrong with you. Don’t believe this heinous lie. You have so much to offer in relationships and in society.
More for our Position or Calling
The lie of lack wants us to believe we have nothing to offer society or that we are not doing and being enough. It wants us to believe that we are either not where we should be or will never get to where God has called us to be.
We falsely believe we have to have bigger, better, more or greater in order to carry out God’s call on our lives.
This simply is not true.
Our calling is to share the good news of Jesus. Who he is. What he has done. Why it matters.
This is your calling. This is my calling.
Our gifts are simply how we engage our purpose. We don’t need anything more than Jesus to fulfill our calling. When we keep our eyes on Christ our gifts take flight and our purpose is clear — Jesus.
As a writer with the hopes of being recognized for the words I write, I struggle with this quite often. I find myself comparing my writing to other writers and easily always see where I am not measuring up. It is easy to see where I need to improve, be better, more, greater — yet it is more difficult to sometimes see where I have grown and improved.
Our worth in our position is not found in the applause of many, but in the recognition and accolades of one — Jesus. When we are content with his approval and guiding of our position in society we are powerful and don’t need more.
Knowing our Source
Our peace and joy in life should not be placed on any amount in our bank accounts, our friend count, or our position in society — nor should our lament. We need to know our source — Jesus.
Despite all we know about the Lord and who we are in him, there are still moments of weakness. Moments we forget his sovereignty, his faithfulness, his reliability, his overwhelming love, and his never-ending grace.
If you are seeing lack in your bank account, career path, relationships or anything else, reject that lie and replace it with the truth that Christ loves you. God is for you and you are not in any way lacking by Christ.
Be at peace because Christ brings peace in every circumstance. He is our source. In him, there is no lack nor the need for more.