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You Are Enough

December 14, 2015
By BETSY BETHEL - OV Parent Editor , OVParent

'Tis the season of giving. But do you ever stop to wonder why it's never enough?

Why do some of us always feel like we're not good enough, not kind enough, not rich enough, not busy enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough, not tall enough, not thankful enough, not happy enough, not "real" enough?

Why do we feel we never have enough but, at the same time, never give enough?

As parents, we want to give our kids everything. I want my daughter to have exactly what she wants for Christmas. But, even with Santa's help, it's not going to happen this year. And it's not just because we don't have enough money. At some point, you have to say, "Enough is enough."

I know we have more than enough stuff. We have more than enough food. We have more than enough clothing. Emma has enough stuffed animals to give one to all the children of a small nation. But when she finds another plush critter with those giant sparkly eyes that she feels she can't live without, I have a hard time saying no. I want to give, give, give. Perhaps if I didn't buy her so many stuffed animals throughout the year, I would have enough money for the big-ticket items she wants under the tree.

I guess Emma is like the rest of us, feeling as if she never has enough stuff. But, again, what drives us to be such indiscriminate consumers? And what drives us to always feel we don't measure up?

I could try to offer some tidy little solution to this human condition, but of course it wouldn't work for everyone. In fact, I was going to say, considering this is the Christmas season, we "should" be more joyful and not allow our joy to be snatched away from us so quickly and easily. But that implies we are not joyful enough, right?

I could say we "should" do this or that, but a wise young man I met recently admonished me for "should-ing all over myself." I don't want to "should" on you, either!

Here's what I know: When I celebrate Christmas later this month, I am celebrating the birth of our savior. Because of him, I always have exactly what I need. Because of Jesus, I am enough in God's eyes. This is the 2,000-year-old message that I feel gets trampled by our fear of missing out, our fear of falling short, our "shoulding" and our "not-enoughing."

My Christmas wish for you is that you all find the rest and peace you crave this holiday season. You are enough.



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