I don't like to make resolutions. I do, however, like the new-start feeling that comes along with starting a new calendar. Also, I like to have some kind of theme for the year. Nothing too crazy, but some sort of catch phrase or the like to guide my mindset for the next twelve months. This was my theme from last year. Maybe I'll do a reflection post on how that went for me.
Over the past couple weeks, I have been praying about what this year's theme (or whatever you want to call it) would be. Without the A-HA! moment I was hoping for, I've settled on this: More than Enough.
The theme is twofold.
First is the issue of contentment in Christ. He is more than enough for me. I think of Chris Tomlin's song "Enough":
All of you is more than enough for all of me, For every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with your love, And all I have in you is more than enough.
Every longing and desire I have should ultimately be met in Christ. He may use other people or things in the process, but in him I should find my satisfaction and wholeness and completeness and contentment. I am created to need him to be whole, and he can fill that need in my life. So this year, in the midst of whatever longings or desires in which I find myself, I need to turn to Christ because he is more than enough to meet my needs.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us... Ephesians 3:20
Second is the issue of excess. I'm not sure why this is so much at the forefront of my mind lately, but it is. I have more than I need in most areas of my life. More clothes than I need. More shoes than I need. More mugs than I need. More pillows than I need. More you-name-it than I need.
I have so much stuff. I like to call myself a keeper instead of something crazy like a hoarder, but seriously. So. much. stuff. The issue is that I become sentimentally attached to things because of the memories attached to them. For example, I don't want to get rid of that shirt I never wear anymore because so-and-so gave it to me or because I wore it this one time to this one place and if I get rid of it, I'll never remember that thing with the guy at the place (Ocean's Eleven reference, anyone?). And I need to fight that. I am not called to cram my house with stuff so that I can remember or feel comfortable or fulfilled or proud. I am called to generosity and simplicity so that I am not distracted by comfort or convenience or even memories at the expense of my life bringing glory to the Lord.
I've started fighting this fight. I have gone through my closet, taken pictures of things I want to remember instead of keeping them forever, and become much more acutely aware of my stuff. But I still have a long way to go, and this year, I want to be consistently reminded of this battle. Because it's not so much a battle against having too many pairs of shoes as much as it is a battle in my heart not to value things as an idol. I may want a bigger, beautiful house that can more easily fit all my stuff and has a dining room so I can use placemats, but that is not as important as me trusting the Lord to provide for my needs and seeing my things as tools with which I can bless others. He has given me more than enough to meet my needs, so I need to turn around and give to others instead of keeping things for myself for whatever silly reason I can think of.
And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse or barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! [...] And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek these things, and your Father knows you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. [...] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12: 22-24, 29-31, 34
So there you have it, folks! 2013 - More than Enough