A new perspective of abundance

12 01 2011

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

Do you live in scarcity or abundance? If you live in the United States, your answer should have been abundance. No matter our personal situation, unemployed, frustrated, living on a tight budget, we are still better off by far than the large portion of the world living on less than $1 per day.

Despite the fact that we know we live in abundance, do we live with the perspective of abundance? In our consumer and individualist culture, it is so easy to live with a scarcity mindset. “I don’t have enough stuff.” “I don’t have enough time.” “I want newer, better, bigger.” “I want what she has.” “Why didn’t God give me X, Y, or Z.” “If I just had X then I would be satisfied.”

These are scarcity perspective thoughts. We think that God is unfair, that he is wrong. That he has given us less than we deserve. We think that something in this world will bring us fulfillment. But in fact it will not. Not because its not enough, but because we already have more than enough, we just aren’t seeing it.  We are looking towards what we don’t have instead of what we do have.

God has given us more than enough, and it is all good, and pleasing to Him. We have no need or reason to compare ourselves to others, because each of us has a specific role in God’s bigger plan for humanity. we have an abundance of unique blessings and a unique plan for our life. We aren’t supposed to have the same things as each other. God has made every one unique and perfect. And I am so thankful that He did.

 

In His love,

Stacey

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12 01 2011
Emily

I was thinking about this recently, too. I realized that I have been unconsciously assuming that God is limited by the principles of scarcity by which we live… but God is much more powerful than that. He gives me abundant life, and I’m often blinded by my assumptions of scarcity and busy with the ensuing stress instead of learning to follow him in the life he gave me. great post stace!

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