“You are more than enough
You are here
You are love
You are hope
You are grace
You’re all I have
You’re everything.” *
I’d heard them so many times before, but these words practically reached out of my phone and grabbed me as I drove down the road. I sang along, and as the words rang in my head over and over again, I felt the sting of conviction deep inside.
Do I actually believe that He’s more than enough for me? I say I do, but how is Christ enough for me if I’m always searching for fulfillment? How is He enough for me when I’m constantly grasping for things that make me feel secure? How is He enough for me when I say, “I’m just waiting until ‘XYZ’ happens, then I’ll be happy”?
The answer is simple: He is more than enough for me, but I am not accepting His sufficiency. He longs for me to accept it, but He won’t force me to. I need to come to the place of absolute surrender, to the point of throwing out the idols lurking in my heart. Then, in the quiet, empty space they leave behind, I can declare, “You are more than enough for me, Lord.”
It’s a day by day – no, make that moment by moment – choice. It’s a choice that changes how I live. It’s an incredibly liberating choice!
When I stood with diploma in hand two years ago, I never expected to be here, working a boring job. This wasn’t in my wildest dreams or plans. It doesn’t line up with the calling I feel God has placed on my life… yet every time I ask Him for direction, the answer is clear: “I want you right where you are.” Some days I’m okay with it, but most days I’m left feeling confused and frustrated.
When I believe His supreme sufficiency covers me as His child, I am free to be who God created me to be, and therefore I am able to be most effective, even if I’m not where I want to be. When I live out this belief, my fulfillment and security come from Him, and the other things don’t matter quite as much.
In that security, I am able to say:
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need human approval for what I do.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need to be living my lifelong dream.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need a spouse.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t have to absolutely love my life right now.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need perfect health.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need a promotion at work.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need idealistic friendships.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t need financial security.
You are more than enough for me. I don’t even need my car, my job, my family, or my home.
You are more than enough.
These are empowering words, words that bring life and hope.
I don’t know what your journey looks like or what obstacles you’re facing right now, but I’m pretty sure that whoever and wherever you are, you feel insufficient for some task before you. I just want to encourage you and remind you these words are true for you too, right here, right now. Jesus is more than enough for whatever is in front of you.
* “Here’s My Heart, Lord” by Jason Ingram, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio
Alyssa Reitz is a single young woman currently living and working in Virginia. Her family, heart-to-heart conversations, coffee, bright colors, babies, and laughter never fail to bring joy to her heart.