It’s time for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes without editing, using a one word prompt. I must confess that I often catch myself editing as I go. It’s also hard to stick within a five minute time limit, but I do my best. This week’s prompt is the word enough.
As I was thinking about the prompt, the following statement popped into my mind.
What do you think that means? I have a feeling that it might have a little bit to do with being content with what we have.
Lovely table set by a friend.
Did you get enough to eat? There’s plenty more. Don’t go away hungry!
Those words were said by my mother and her mother before her when they served a meal. They wanted to make sure everyone had enough. Usually there was so much that we couldn’t eat another bite, and they still insisted that we were welcome to more. I do appreciate their gifts of hospitality.
We think if only we had a new outfit, or if only my house was clean, or if only I could have one more hour in the day, etc., then I wouldn’t want any more. The trouble is when we think like that we will never be satisfied. We could always wish for more and never think there is enough.
View from my front porch one recent evening.
How Do We Find Contentment?
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think giving thanks for what we have would be a good start.
Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our Father knows what we need. He said in Matthew 6:33:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
In scripture we see many examples where Jesus provides what is needed. His first miracle was turning water into wine, not just any wine, but the best.
Jesus Provides Enough
Another example is when there were over 5,000 people gathered who were hungry. The only food they could find were a few small loaves and some fish. Jesus blessed them, and there was not only food to go around but plenty left over. You can read this story in John 6.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12 NIV) (emphasis added)
What do you think? How can we tell when we have enough?
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