Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Am Enough

Jill had a very thought provoking post on Friday.  She says it so much better than I so go check it out HERE.  However, it did get me thinking.  A month or so ago I wrote this post on Comparisons- I think it really goes along with this thought so I wanted to continue in that vein and write about being "enough".

It really got me thinking about that word- "enough" and what the connotations of that word are.  I hear the word enough and think "that's enough" meaning "no more" but the word takes a completely different meaning when it is put in the phrase "I am enough".  Webster's Dictionary defines enough as: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations".  That's it- it meets all expectations.  But, that brings up the question of WHOSE expectations?  I liken it to enough being sufficient.  And that takes my thoughts to 2 Corinthians 12:9:
 "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (ESV)

I Am Enough- because HIS grace IS enough- because in my weakness- he is making me strong and His power is being glorified.  So, to sum that up- I Am Enough BECAUSE of my weaknesses.  Those things that I perceive as "piddly", obstacles, deterrents, speed bumps- those become why I am enough- because in those is where I see Him, feel Him, and even more importantly KNOW Him.  

*I am enough even when I look in the mirror and don't like what I see.
*I am enough even when I feel like I have failed in my journey
*I am enough even when the run/workout doesn't go like I wanted it to
*I am enough even when I eat something I know I probably shouldn't (ahem- such as the cheesecake I will eat at The Cheesecake Factory)
*I am enough even when I have mixed up priorities
*I am enough because all of my life experiences make me who I am.
*I am enough for one simple reason- because HE says I am enough ("for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything." 1 John 3:20)



Rhonda @ Kids Running Wild said...

Beautifully said! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Even though I am not a woman. Even though I am not part of the "movement." I am your father and love the thoughts you express in this post. You are enough! Do you know how many times we said, "That's enough Tami"? j/k Proud that you have made a lifestyle change and proud that you realize who you really are. Love you much.

Tami said...

Rhonda- thank you- this is one of those posts that just flowed..

Tami said...

Dad- I know. And, after all of these years- it's finally sinking in. Love you too!

jillconyers said...

Tami this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this and being a part of something that means so much to me.

Tami said...

Jill, thank YOU for creating that post and stirring my heart!