Millions of Americans are tuning in to the Summer Olympics in Rio to watch our brilliant athletes as they compete, athletes like Kathleen Miller, the swimmer who won silver while living with Crohn’s disease, and Kristin Armstrong, who won gold for the third time just one day before her 43rd birthday.
I love the Olympics. I love watching as people push themselves to go faster and harder, to persevere through pain, and to work together with others for a common goal. I find myself yelling at the television….“Go, go, go!” I can only imagine what it’s like for the athletes’ families and friends.
We live in a culture that tends to yell at us as well….”Go, go, go!” Work harder. Climb the ladder. Go for the gold. Be all that you can be. Achieve. Shoot for the moon. Aim for the stars. You get what I mean.
Striving to be the best is important, but when is it okay to say, “It is enough.”?
Especially since the “go, go, go” mindset is often paired with “more, more, more”? We’re inundated with marketing messages to get the car with more features, the phone with more storage, and the insurance plan with more coverage. And who doesn’t want more? I know I do.
When I think of myself as a steward (after all, stewardship is an identity, not a task), I have to acknowledge the need to shift my mindset. Father Andrew Kemberling of St. Thomas More parish in Centennial, Colorado, once wrote, “Stewardship is a gift from God for the conversion of a materialistic world. It is living out a commitment to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered and involves a conversion of the heart.”
This really speaks to me and invites me to acknowledge that It Is Enough. I have enough. We have enough. God has blessed us abundantly and we are to receive His gifts gratefully and share them with others. I can’t imagine praying, “More, more more”, and yet that is oftentimes how I live.
Christ-centered rather than self-centered. A conversion of the heart. What an invitation.
So while I will continue to yell at our Olympians as they push to fulfill their Olympic dreams, I will remember that It is Enough. I have enough. And that means living life differently. Striving to answer His call to renew the face of the earth. Celebrating God’s everlasting love and that we are His. Experiencing the joy and deepening faith that comes from proclaiming, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
And It Is Enough.