Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Enough is Enough—Really?
By Micky Wolf
I don’t know about you, but learning how to establish boundaries—when, where, in what way and in what circumstances—has been a real challenge for me. In the process, I have made my fair share of mistakes by either giving or doing much more than was necessary or loving, or ending up in the other ditch—withholding physical, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual resources out of fear of being ‘used’ for another person's ill-gotten gain.
How do you determine when enough is enough? What do you consider more than enough?
It strikes me there are times when God has a very different view on this subject.
“Enough is not enough when it comes to being loving…”
“Enough does not apply when choosing to forgive, or be forgiven…”
“Enough kindness is not possible in your world…”
“Enough generosity of resources, time, and talent will be enough when all are fed, clothed, and cared for in my name…”
“Well,” we say, “If that’s God’s perspective, fine. But as far as I’m concerned, all of that seems pretty impossible to me,” And that would be true.
So, why bother?
First of all, in our humanness we do have limitations. God knows that. That’s why He’s God and we’re not.
Secondly, when we accept that God is better at understanding our limitations than we are, we can begin to trust Him to lead and guide us. When that happens, we stop quantifying, justifying and rationalizing how we expend our time, energy, and resources. In other words, loving, forgiving, being compassionate, and all those other characteristics of a Christ-centered servant become the norm rather than the exception. And here’s the best part—we don’t sit around (or dash around for that matter) wasting ourselves doing our thing rather than God’s thing.
Some folks—including a couple of fervent disciples, no less—thought the presence of Jesus in human flesh was more than enough. Yet in due time, they realized that for God the Father, this was only the beginning. For Him, it meant the total surrender and sacrifice of His precious son on the Cross. Only then could Resurrection become—enough.
What does enough is enough mean to me?
How do I feel when I give it ‘my all’—and God says, not enough?