This week’s word is…SUFFICIENCY

Author’s note: This is a revised version of a post originally published in December, 2013.

In one of my women’s coaching groups last week, we opened up the topic of “I am not enough.” I am not enough is a message of “The Lie of Scarcity.” The lie of scarcity tells us we are not enough: not pretty enough, fast enough, productive enough, don’t have enough money, don’t have enough time, didn’t get enough sleep, on and on and on. And, let’s remember, this is a LIE.

Author, speaker, and activist, Lynne Twist writes about 3 myths of scarcity in her book, The Soul of Money. The three myths are:

Scarcity Myth #1: There’s not enough. Not enough to go around. Not everyone can make it. Someone will be left out. What’s one of the first games we learn as children? Musical chairs. Someone will be left out – there’s not enough chairs for everyone. We can grow up believing that our world – and ourselves – are deficient and lacking.

Scarcity Myth #2: More is better. More of anything is better than what we have. Wherever we are, it’s not enough because more is always better. More Is Better drives competition, accumulation, acquisition, and greed. It heightens fears and quickens the pace. And none of it makes life more valuable.

More Is Better distracts us from living mindfully & richly with what we have. We miss or overlook our immeasurable inner gifts. And we forget to look to the One place where we will finally find the wholeness and the fulfillment we crave, that is, to our relationship with God.

Scarcity Myth #3: That’s just the way it is. And there is no way out: There’s not enough, more is definitely better, and the people who have more are always people other than us. That’s just the way it is can leave us feeling helpless, hopeless, and cynical.

**Big Sigh**

What if I let go of “that’s just the way it is” – even just for a moment – and consider, that there may not be any particular “way it is” or “way it isn’t.” What if there is only the way I choose to think & act and relate with my circumstances? What if there is only the extent to which I choose to rely on and trust in God?

Learning to separate the myths of scarcity from what is REAL, has been a game-changer in my life. While the thoughts may still creep in, I am able to see them as Lies, and not the Truth of Who I Am. My Truth lies in Sufficiency. My Truth lies in God.

SUFFICIENCY.

What a beautiful word! Enough. You are enough. I am enough. I have enough. God is always enough.

Sufficiency resides inside each one of us. It is not a measure of more than enough. Sufficiency is not a quantity or an amount at all. Sufficiency is a consciousness, an intentional choosing of how I will relate with the circumstances of my life. Sufficiency is engaging in life from a sense of my own God-given wholeness. Lynne Twist writes, “I suggest there is enough in nature, in human nature, and in the relationships we share with one another to have a prosperous, fulfilling life, no matter who you are or where you are in the spectrum of resources.”

I want you to know that your Truth – Who You Are – resides in Sufficiency, not in Scarcity.  Spend time each day noticing where you are, and when you are, indeed enough – because I am 100% certain that you are. Just ask God.

Check out the video introduction to my women’s workshop, titled “Wholy You: Journeying Towards Wholeness & Holiness.” During this workshop, we look in depth at the topics of Shame, Scarcity, and most importantly, Sufficiency. Coming soon to a church or retreat center near you!

Interested in bringing De in to speak at your church or women’s conference? Email me directly at: de@conversationrevolution.com

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