We live in a culture that pushes us to strive for “more.” Even in our faith it can feel this way. We step into the demands with good intentions–all we want is to make the most of this one life God has given us. Then we find ourselves weary and wondering if God is disappointed with us because we just can’t keep up. We can’t be “enough.”
Your version might be…
You have to be the best mom ever or you will be a disappointment to God.
You must impact the most lives of those in need or you have fallen short.
You should produce more than anyone else at work or you’re wasting your talents.
This mindset is rooted in a culture that says: More is better. And biggest is best. But that’s not the way the Kingdom works. God doesn’t want you to do as much as you can, as quick as you can, however you can. Instead he wants you to specifically, strategically, simply to do what He has put you on earth to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
I heard once that “handiwork” is actually more accurately translated as “poem.” And as an English major I know this: Poems are not about “more is better.” Instead they are about intentionally, carefully, beautifully placed words to create something one-of-a-kind. Your life is the same. God already knows the poem he wants to write through you. He’s planned out his purpose for your life. All he asks of us is love and obedience.
So let’s throw out terms like “best” and “big” and replace them with words like “good” and “faithful.”
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:21
Let’s continue to discover and embrace what the Author of Life wants to give us…not “more” but true meaning.
Let’s embrace a life that is a simple poem full of divine purpose and glory.
That, my friend, is always enough.
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