Sometimes a word gets stuck in my mind, and I can’t get it out. It’s like an earworm of a song that I just can’t get out of my head. The word seems to crop up over and over either in conversation or in my thoughts.
Lately that word has been enough.
In conversations with friends, I’ve heard — or even said — things about being enough, having enough, having had enough, or wondering if we’re good enough.
I looked up the etymology of the word and found that it’s Old English with Germanic and Dutch roots. The meaning of course is closely tied to sufficient.
That word brought up a new thought, which comes from 2 Corinthians 3:5: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
And that word crops up again a few chapters later in 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.”
So, once again, these words that run rampantly through my mind turn out to not be about me at all. They’re telling me to stop focusing on myself and on whether or not I’m enough. Because I’m not. But I belong to the One who is and who offers His Sufficiency, His Enoughness, if I may make up a word, to cover not just me, but all of us, if we are willing.
And that, my friends, is good enough for me.