Lisa-Jo’s 5-Minute Friday theme this week was “Enough”. I know; it’s not Friday, but as this has been a week when “Enough” meant so much, I thought I’d write my post – a bit belatedly.
I sat down the other day to do my budgeting. I do it every year – work out how much I’m getting, what I have to pay out, and how much I’ll have left to spend … but it was different this year: Because this year, the government had made some changes and the money I get to pay my rent had been halved. My worst scenario was that eventually my savings would run out, and I wouldn’t have the money to see my children through the Compassion-programme any more.
When I start something, I start intending to finish. I felt God had called me to sponsor these children, but my question was: Had He called me to do that right to the end of their sponsorships? I didn’t want to be a dropout and I didn’t want to let them down.
The next bit doesn’t make sense. I looked at what was coming in; I took into account my utility bills, food etc. I still had enough to sponsor them – and some to spend; not as much as previously, but enough. To say I was excited was an understatement! I wanted to tell people, which could have been a problem: Because what about those who have more than enough – who’ve worked hard to get that more-than-enough? When they see you not working as hard as they do, and still having enough; will they resent you? And then, the ones who have less-than-enough; will they hear your news and think you’re insensitive because you mentioned it?
Well, I told people anyway, and they were happy to share my good news. I had a surprise message today from one of those more-than-enough people who wrote: “Glad you are still able to sponsor the children as you enjoy it so much”.
As I write this I’m starting to think: Are we like that with God? As I face my struggles and He gets me through the days, giving me peace when I turn to Him in my weakness, He’s my Enough. Am I telling people? Because spiritually-speaking, there are those with less-than-enough – those who struggle and think there’s no one to turn to in their time of need … And what about the ones who think they have more than enough, but they’re living without Him; will I be a spokesperson for Jesus? He told the church at Laodicea: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” – Revelation 3:17.
It takes courage to challenge people about where they are with the Lord, and wisdom too. Jesus’ friend Peter wrote: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15, so as followers of Christ, we must speak with sensitivity … but let’s still speak.
Go, tell your Enough.