Be Satisfied!

I woke this morning with a song running through my head … yup, I’m pretty much wrecked.

Just Enough~ Shaun Groves, From Third World Symphony

Two things I beg of you
Before I die don’t refuse
Keep lies far from my lips

And liars far from my midst

And please, don’t give to me

Wealth or poverty
But God, I ask only for


Enough

O Enough

God, only
Just enough

Rain more than this day’s bread
And I may say I’m God instead

Take all my crumbs away

And I may rob and wound your name

Please, don’t give to me

Wealth or poverty

But God, I ask only for


Enough

O Enough

God, only

Just enough

Amazing words. You might recognize most of the lyrics from Proverbs 30:8-9, which reads:

“Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.”

I heard this song for the first time Saturday night at Relevant, when Shaun shared stories of his travels with Compassion International with us. And boy, that’s not a prayer you hear too often, is it? “Give me neither poverty nor riches.” Well, maybe the poverty part, but I’ve never said (or heard anyone else say) “Don’t give me riches, Lord!”

 I think it interesting that the writer of the Proverb infers that riches and poverty are *both* things God “gives.” Shaun taught about the Israelite’s gathering of manna–just enough for the day–and posited that we should still be following the same directive: gather enough for today, and give the rest away.

Nicholas, Thanksgiving 2010

 And what, exactly, is enough? I have a painful suspicion that it’s less than I think. In a world of airbrushed models, advertisements for fashion week, and design shows featuring people who import their flooring from Europe, our sense of “enough” is pretty likely to be twisted. The Proverb says, “Feed me with the food that is my portion.”

Today I’m praying for a reset on my sense of enough. Might you need one, yourself, dear friend?

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