Monday, May 23, 2011

Enough is enough!

I believe I've shared about this in the past,
and how it is easy to say "enough is enough".

It's easy to say,
"Hey, I've taught Sunday school year after year!
That should be enough."

"I work 40-50 hours a week to make a 
good living for my family
 - we do community service annually.
We are good."

"We've helped our friends with their adoption."

and I have heard myself say,
"We're on our 3rd and 4th adoption -
we've done enough."

if my honest prayer is to be Christ like,
then I am far from doing ''enough".

I apologize if I sound preachy,
I really don't mean to sound that way.
I'm really preaching to myself!

Enough is never enough!

"...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 
 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy
set before him  endured the cross,
 scorning its shame, 
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:1-2

(photo by Kenzie)


Catching Butterflies 3 said...

I agree with you, but I don't agree too. Yes, we should be careful about saying enough...I can not...etc. But Jesus said "it is finished". Paul said run the race set before you. I thing God has a race for us to run, and a work to do, and gifts to use well. But we stress out and fail to please God when we try to do more then "that that He has called us to". I think most people really don't do enough, but others work too much...and fail to walk in peace. I think it's enough when you do every thing he has put in your hands to do. And serve him with a glad heart! The church is not doing it's's not caring for the orphans. But we can still only do faithfully what we are called to do. It's a really hard thing for me not to adopt more children. But I'm almost 50, I have very high need SN kids and we may need to take care of our aging parents. I'm beginning to think I just can not adopt again. It's sad for me to say enough.

Jodi said...

i guess i don't totally mean - that once someone follows God in obedience, like caring for the orphan - that they must do it over and over again. but, what i am wrestling with is when people think we are crazy for adding to our family and still wanting to do more for the orphan, maybe not by adopting more - but do something!!! any thing! and there are some that God has called to be the parent of one or two, or none, or maybe not even be married - but that does not mean God will not use a person in a specific way - but us in our human nature(and again - I'm talking to myself) - I catch myself saying, "enough God enough". Can't i rest? but God says, "no, I will give you rest."

Catching Butterflies 3 said...

I remember thinking to myself "if I do this people will think we are crazy or super spiritual". But God reminded me that he has given one talent to one person and 10 talents to another. It is so wrong to compare my life to the other persons life. God will judge! I have to be faithful. No more and no less. I think our problem is seeing the need, and wanting to meet it...or see someone else meet the need. It gets to a point where it isn't hard to say's very hard to say no. It can break your heart to say no. And it makes you sad/mad that so few of those called by Jesus do say yes. Instead they take their gifts and hide them away. I guess we can try to encourage, inspire and educate. But sadly we also need to learn to say no. If we do not say no, we have no energy to finish the work we are required to finish. We are not super spiritual...we are faithful. Our eyes have been opened. We can not help ourselves because love compels us. To the one who has been given much, much is required. You have a very big task ahead of you. You need to focus on your family. Forget what others do, don't do, or think. Do it for God, and be faithful to what he asks. Let go of every other expectation. Give yourself rest. You have a big task ahead. and you need rest


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