Not Enough


Have you ever experienced a lack of fulfillment in life?  It seems that whatever you are experiencing it isn’t enough?  How about getting filled up with food.  The ice cream that you ordered wasn’t enough.  Or you go to a restaurant and you order your meal and find that what you ordered didn’t fill you up.  You make a meal for the family and after everyone has eaten the food, you find your stomach wanting just a little bit more, but it is all gone.

What about feeling cold and not having enough clothes to get you to a warm body temperature?  I know that in Arizona, that usually isn’t a problem as it has been in the triple digit numbers for the last 4-5 months.  But I know of people who have lived here all of their lives and need a sweater when it get’s below 90.  Have you ever wanted to be warmer, or colder, and felt inadequate in getting to the ideal temperature that you wanted to be at.

I have wanted to plant a garden in Arizona, but to no avail.  What I planted didn’t amount to much and the harvest was so much less than the energy that I put into cultivating my garden.  It may be the energy you put into a paper or a work project and find that the result you expected is much less than the end result you received.

What about the amount of money you receive in wages trying to cover the expenses you incur on a monthly basis?  It seems that whatever you make isn’t enough.  We find ourselves wondering where all of our money went.  It’s like we had a hole in our pocket and we have lost money that we thought we had.

It seems that life is defined by not enough.  Not enough money.  Not enough food.  Not enough time.  Not enough resources.  No enough.  This morning I was reading and found the answer to the not enough dilemma.  “Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. . . .“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.”  Haggai‬ ‭1:5-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I hear the answer to not enough is the placing of our priorities in the seeking the stuff and not putting priority on prioritizing God in our lives. We are so focused on taking care of our own houses and stuff that we have forgotten to put God first in our lives.

This journey can only be successful when we turn to the One who has the power to fulfill our needs and erase the NOT in our lives.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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