There is always more we think we need…
- More time
- More money
- More opportunities
- More weight to lose
- More Facebook likes to gain
- More invitations
- More trophies
- More accolades
- More promotions
- More vacations
- More (you fill in the blank)
So how many of you out there have reached the point in your life where you believe you have it all? You couldn’t possibly need one more thing? You never get envious or covet your neighbor’s new boat or clothes or kids or house or schedule or weight or athletic prowess.
Well, even if you’re there, you’d still get so much out of Amy’s book (and seriously, who really raised their hand?). Why? Because it’s not just about learning why more isn’t enough, but why giving is essential to our humanity and crucial to our faith. Though giving often denotes our financial and other physical wares, it also includes our God-given talents. Talents we are supposed to share, not hide. Talents of which we are to give freely and not only after we have deduced that much success will come after we have bestowed them upon our community. Amy writes:
“Why bother using your talents if they don’t translate into success? I think anyone who considers using their skills debates their intended impact. Often, if we push through, battle our inner critics, and use our abilities, we become hung up on measurable impact. When we commit to join an organization, travel with a club, teach a class, or mentor a child, we expect our efforts to influence someone in a positive way. It makes sense. If I put myself out there, I want to make a difference. While this way of thinking seems logical, it holds us back. When we get hung up on our impact, we stand in a slippery place. Why? Because it isn’t about our impact. It’s about His.”
So, right, it’s not always about us and what we want. Because really, do we need more recognition? Do we need more accolades? Do we need more people to notice what we are doing?
It’s nice to be appreciated, but it’s also nice to come to the place where we believe that if we are doing what God wants us to do, that’s enough. No matter who notices or who doesn’t. No matter the number of people who who up, the amount of money we bring in, the quantity of items donated, people served, or things built.
Because sometimes one is enough. Sometimes zero is enough if that’s how God calls it. Because it’s all about His perspective, not our own. And sometimes, we don’t get to see any of our efforts. We just have to trust that God can do something with us far beyond what we could fathom.
Here are my top 3 reason why I love this book:
- It is not guilt-inducing. I am constantly trying to gauge whether I’m doing enough and teaching my kids how to give enough, so my normal M.O. is to read a book about service and declare my efforts “not good enough.” But Amy, from the very beginning, assures me the intention of this book is to simply inspire, to create a place for the Holy Spirit to reveal new ideas, old hangups, and to give me courage to step out in faith…not just on my own abilities or in my own comfort zone.
- The burden of giving and serving in my family does not fall solely on my shoulders. As the “event planner” of the family, I realized that our serving efforts are based on my ideas and pretty much my ideas alone. Amy’s helpful sections at the end of the chapters called “Dinner Table Dialogue” give me specific questions we can discuss as a family so that it’s all a team effort – from beginning to end, from the planning stages to the action stages.
- Amy is real – she shares her own struggles with giving from money to forgiveness. Since she is willing to tackle the hard issues in her own life, she is able to open us up to the idea of tacking hard issues in our own. Her testimony of freedom is quite effective and makes me think that perhaps my own hang-ups are hurting more than just me.
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Before you go, since we’re all about authenticity around here, where do you struggle with “enough?” And how have you tried to motivate yourself/family to serve in your community?
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On Wednesday, Emily shares about being “restricted by her own affections” – how the hardness of her own heart restricted God’s movement in her life.
On Friday, Michelle Lazurek continues with her series on bringing refreshment to those in ministry (especially pastor’s wives!). She comes with the awesome message – God created you to be uniquely use. Don’t hide this from the church.
On Saturday, (God willing) I will pick back up with our Bible study on John. (Find last week’s post here.)
(In case you missed it, my girl wrote a book review on a new book out for tween girls. You can find it here.)
SDG Gathering Important Information
Lisa Smith is helping me facilitate our gatherings each week. She is visiting those of you who link up on “even” numbers and I am visiting the “odd” (don’t worry, I’m not calling YOU odd). She will also be sharing on Mondays with you from time to time, opening up her heart and life to you, as you faithful do with us each week you link up. We do have some important housekeeping items about this gathering, so if you have not read them, please come here to catch up. The condensed version: Link up ONE post that shares your heart authentically and be sure to check in with some of your sisters who have linked up with you. Leave a heartfelt word of encouragement for them after you visit their space. This is a community where we actively seek to get to know each other.