Thursday, February 25, 2016

Random thoughts: Enough is really enough. Or should be. (A pretty short post)

“Enough is enough!” is usually a declaration of exasperation.

It tends to hang out with “I’ve had it up to here!”, “I can only take so much!”, and “I’m totally fed up!”

The idea is that whatever is occurring needs to stop.

Most often what needs to stop is something viewed as abusive, excessive, inappropriate, aggravating, annoying, wrong.

Every once-in-awhile on the popular show, Shark Tank, people will come on who have a good product and are earning a decent profit.

They’re doing well. They’re not in debt, sales are good, and, from all appearances, they have enough.

But they’ve decided it’s not enough.

After all, this is America and only bigger is better. If some is good, more is best. Right?

And so they appear before the investors and ask for help to get more.

But not all really have a product or service that is viewed as spreadable, as it were. Some of these business are addressing tiny niche markets or are more local or regional in flavor.

In other words, they are enough for what they are. They are successful and profitable.

And yet, those behind these businesses want more. To be bigger. To be a larger brand. To be little moguls of industry.

Greed drives businesses to expand, to grow market share, add (expendable) people, and ultimately create a non-sustainable situation.

So, later, human “resources” are shed, the company shrinks, executives keep their yachts, and those let go struggle to take care of their families.

More isn’t always better for everyone.

If, instead, CEOs and other company leaders took a true “enough is enough” approach, then, perhaps, they would hire only enough people to maintain a reasonably profitable company. A company where everyone had an opportunity to work with dignity and earn enough to meet their needs and keep the company comfortably afloat for decades.

Of course, there are always those greedy shareholders who demand more. But that’s a different discussion.

C. S. Lewis wrote, “Nearly all those evils in the world which people put down to greed or selfishness are really far more a result of Pride.”

Wow. That’s a different spin.

Lewis further states, “If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and enemy.”

Now it comes closer to home. Closer to my heart and yours.

We want more money. Nicer clothes. A bigger house. A newer car. More influential friends. A better spouse. A huge church that makes us feel good about ourselves.

And so we compete with those around us. Often when they are completely unaware there is any competition.

We seek to outwit, outplay, outlast others as we grasp for more and more. Always worrying that others have more and we don’t have enough.

Those who are not for us in this endeavor are expendable. Stuff becomes a means to an ever shifting end game.

Jesus cautioned us to not worry about our lives, our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). He explained that worry adds nothing to our lives. Nada. Zip.

The Greek word used for “worry” in the passage includes in its meaning “to be anxious, to be troubled with cares, to seek to promote one’s interests.”

To these, Jesus says, “Don’t!”

In Philippians, Paul reminds us clearly, “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:18-19, HCSB).

This echoes what Christ stated in Matthew, where He concludes, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In other words, enough is enough. Or should be.

Is it in your life?

I could go on, but I think that’s enough for now.

Are you satisfied with who you are, what you have in life? Why or why not? How much time and energy do you expend to get more? Whenever you’ve gotten the “more” you were after, was it enough? How did it make you feel? Good? Or did you just keep going after more? Is there any situation when you believe going after more is good? Explain. Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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