Enough. That short, seemingly simple word carries with it so much weight and meaning. Do I do enough? Do I have enough? Am I enough?
There is, of course, more than one way of hearing the word enough. These days, as I prepare to celebrate the holidays and spend time reflecting on gratitude, I’m paying more attention to how I hear it. Do I focus on what I don’t have, always sure that I don’t have enough? Am I always striving for more, never satisfied with who I am and convinced that I’m not doing enough for the people around me? Do I assume that I’m not enough?
Or do I hear it another way? I am enough. I have enough. God is enough.
It seems to me that gratitude and thanksgiving have everything to do with enough. When we make the conscience, brave choice to believe that we are enough and we have enough, we are living with intentional gratitude.
True thanksgiving, I think, is about nurturing an attitude of enough, of gratitude for the life we’ve been giving even though there are parts of it that are hard or less than or not what we would have chosen if we could have picked a different way. It’s easy to focus on the things we don’t have and what we wish could be different. But that’s not how I want to live.
I want to live with gratitude, and I want to live into the idea of enough.
I am enough. I have enough. God is enough.
That is what I’m giving thanks for this year.