There’s Enough

I started blogging several years before heading overseas, back when it was a way to share stories with close friends and family. I wasn’t building a platform or working toward a book project, but stringing words together gave voice and clarity to what I saw and experienced around me.

I love writing. Stacks of journals on my shelves give testament to how thoughts flow as I talk to God, working out whatever angsty emotions are taking root in my heart and marking the moments that matter to me. Some of those words make their way into newsletters or blog posts or onto social media.

But sometimes I don’t love that others write too.

I get jealous over the number of comments or social media shares they receive. I compare and contrast word choices and find I am lacking. Her platform is so much more popular! Her words are beautiful and deep. Are mine?

A few years ago, I wrote to a mentor with an awkward question. Have you ever compared yourself to other writers? I was afraid her answer would be, “What? Of course not. Surely you aren’t struggling with that?”

Instead, she graciously responded, “I get it.” And then she included this statement that has stuck with me and comes to mind any time I put pen to paper: “There’s enough to go around.”

Enough love. Enough room in the Kingdom. Enough space for that sister’s words and mine.

A scarcity mindset tells me to hold on with fists clenched tight. This is my “thing”, the place where I want to receive praise.

It spills over into the way I want to spend my time, my money. Interactions become interruptions rather than opportunities. I hoard because I don’t want to run out.

But an abundance mindset means there’s room to accept critique and keep growing and learning, while celebrating the beauty of others and the art that overflows from their hearts. There’s space for a ministry idea that feels too close to mine. The Kingdom is expansive enough for moments of conversation along the way to the market, lingering with someone to listen while coffee grows cold.

When I remember that there’s enough, I don’t drive a stake into the ground that says, “This is mine.” We’re going to keep coming back to the community described at the end of Acts 4 this week, but they so beautifully displayed this heart of abundance. In the Passion Translation, verse 32 of chapter 4 says that “selfishness was not part of their community.”

We may not sell all our belongings and pool the resources to care for one another in the literal sense, but can we release our rights and open our hands in surrender to the One who is enough? Can we write the words, design the website, mother our children, without the heavy burden of comparison?

May we remember that there’s enough room in the Kingdom for our unique gifts and talents. There’s enough joy that her rejoicing doesn’t take away mine. There are enough resources that I can share generously.

Whether it is my words, my time or my possessions, really they aren’t mine to keep. I stand before the King of Kings with heart open to give freely and receive abundantly whatever it is He has for me.

Is there a part of your life, work or ministry that feels about to run out? What would it be like to see that situation with a heart of abundance?

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

10 Comments

  1. Theresa November 28, 2021

    I love every word. Thanks, Sarah, for writing this and also for taking this posture with this community 💛

  2. Eva Burkholder November 28, 2021

    I too have had my scarcity mindset challenged and am working on cultivating abundance (I often say ‘multiplication’). Thanks for the reminder that there is enough.

    1. Sarah Hilkemann November 29, 2021

      I love that the multiplication idea too, Eva! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Keri November 29, 2021

    Thank you for this, Sarah. I’ve been there too – the jealousy and comparison. I love that quote and I think it’ll stick around in my brain to help me remember the truth that in Christ I get to celebrate the gifts of others without feeling that mine is any less because of it.

    1. Sarah Hilkemann November 29, 2021

      It’s beautiful to celebrate without letting it take away from what I have in Jesus. But I need the continual reminder. 🙂 Thanks, Keri!

  4. Megan Ingvoldstad November 29, 2021

    Than You Sarah for sharing that quote! It is a good reminder of a great perspective.

  5. Bayta Schwarz December 2, 2021

    That is so helpful, Sarah! Thank you! I was just recently reflecting on how when I first arrived in my previous location, a friend so generously introduced me to many of her friends and opened doors for me in various contexts. What a wonderful example of an abundance mindset! I have to be honest – I don’t always live that way. Rather, I can be very protective of my little corner. Not in what I would state my values are but in how I actually live… That phrase “There’s enough to go around.” will definitely stay with me!

    1. Sarah Hilkemann December 2, 2021

      I love that story of your friend, Bayta! It’s such a good example to be generous with more than just our finances- we can have an abundance mindset with relationships and so many other things too. Thank you for sharing!

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