Enough is Enough


Our friend was in his home listening to the pitch of a well-known multi-level marketing company's salesperson. The salesperson asked, "Are you happy with your current level of income?" and our friend immediately answered, "Yes."

The salesperson looked to the nearly empty front room of the house and at the inexpensive furniture in the living room and incredulously replied, "You are?"

He was.

He and his wife were young, early in their marriage, and had a couple of kids. There was space in the front room for a mattress to protect the gymnastic escapades of their daredevil sons, they had a great neighborhood with many friends, and a very active faith community that they were a part of. There wasn't really anything missing.

We are bombarded, especially this time of year, with all the things that we lack. We are promised happy families, loving relationships, and personal significance if we only purchase whatever item is being advertised.

Today, I challenge you to see that you have enough. Are you happy with what you have? If you live in America, you have more than most people in the world, no matter what your income level.

Stop for a moment today and look. Really look at what you have. The things, the people, and the faith. If you can be grateful for this, any gift you receive is simply icing on the cake.

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you?"

(Matthew 6:28-30)

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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