You Are Not Enough

By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Lauren Geppert
By Tess Nordick
By Jennifer Durrett
By Penny Jones
By Amy Owen
By Melissa Hahn
By Jill Asibelua
By Madi McGraw
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Jeremy Varnell
By Norm Headlam
By Emily Giuriceo
By Kristi Herring
By Alban Snider
By Sissy Mathew
By Glenda Root
By Oscar Camacho, Jr
By Shannon Pugh
By Al Palamara
By Don Robb
By Mike Pope
By Melanie Mechsner
By Kyla Mikusek
By Michelle Garza
By Moses Uvere
By Armando Galvan
By Jeremiah Betron
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Ruby King
By Shannon Lewis
By Susan Weiser
By Charles Pierce
By Chase Studdard
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Amy Aupperlee
By Jodie Niznik
By Tiffany Stein
By Barry Jones
By Erin Hargrave
By Katie Geurin
By Mary Ann Connor
By Ryan Sanders
By Bryan Eck
By Ginger Holland
By Tricia Kinsman
By Jason Stein
By Bob Downey
By Nat Pugh
By Sarah Kemper
By Lynda Reynolds
By Dana Myers
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Karrie Cox
By Lindsey Sobolik
By Julie Rhodes
By Josh Wiese
By Scott McClellan
By Michelle Tibbatts
By Andy McQuitty
By Pete Hyndman
By Kevin Dial
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

Did you know you aren’t enough? I know, that’s a harsh way to start off your Wednesday, but, it’s true, you aren’t enough. I am not enough. We are not enough. But, there is some good news. Jesus is enough. And even better news? He is enough FOR us. When we have new life in Christ, he makes us enough through him. He gives us enough strength, enough hope, enough joy, enough for each day.

Dr. Barry Jones talked about this on Sunday, reminding us that when we live under the “tyranny of enough” it tells us that we need to try harder, fake it, and don’t screw up. And oh my goodness, don’t we all feel that way sometimes? I know I daily struggle with idea of perfectionism, with this idea that I need to be enough to be accepted and to belong. To be loved I need to perform. I hear this voice saying “that wasn’t good enough, try harder. Who do you think you are? Cover that mess up!” It’s a harsh and angry voice. It’s a demanding voice that pushes me to try and make my own way and not trust in Jesus.

As Dr. Jones was preaching on Sunday, I heard this song from one of my favorite bands playing in my mind. It’s called “Blood Pressure” by MUTEMATH. I feel like this song represents the voice of the “Tyranny of Enough” in my life,  

Why can't you be more like your older brother?
Why can't you do a little more for Jesus?
Blood pressure

Do better
Keep risin'

You're on the road
On the road that's bound for nowhere
Why don't you do what you're told?

Don't worry I'll help you out on one condition
Be more
Do more

These words stand in stark opposition of the voice of Jesus. His voice is calm, it’s reassuring, it’s encouraging. He reminds me that he isn’t asking me to do more, no he is asking me to trust him and to follow him. He is asking us as a Church to follow him. One of my favorite scriptures that reminds me how God asks us to love is Micah 6:8:

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?

These words reminds me of what the Lord asks of me, and it’s not to be enough. He asks me to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him. On our own, I don’t think we would have much justice, mercy, or humbleness, but when we choose to walk with him, we have access to all of those things. We can give justice when we remember that God didn’t give us what we deserve. We can act with mercy, because God has given mercy to us. And we can be humble when we remember how big our God is in relation to us humans. When I remember that am but dust and he is the eternal God of the universe, which keeps me humble and dependent on God.

The other idea that sets me free from the “tyranny of enough,” is the two greatest commandments, to love God and love others. If I follow this, if we follow this, then we are free from needing to be enough, from performing, from our blood pressure rising so high with our efforts that we explode. When we love God and love others, we walk in peace, knowing that God has everything taken care of and that he is more than enough for us.

This week, let’s walk in humbleness, in mercy, in justice, believing and trusting God to be enough for each and everything we face at home, at work, at school, in life. 

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