In a world where it seems you can’t have enough or do enough, never forget you are enough. This is what I shared during a Facebook live. The blog post has more to it than the video, so I hope you keep reading. : )
A Story of Being Enough
In 2003 a very powerful little book came out called The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It’s one of my favorite books. I wept at the end because the entire book spoke to everyone’s life being significant. We are all enough.
The story focuses on Eddie, a mechanic in an amusement park. As he gets older, he feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing amusement rides. Day in and day out, he feels embittered, lonely, and full of regret.
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident. He goes to heaven and meets five people, all connected to explain the true meaning and significance he had in their lives. I won’t spoil the ending. If you have not read the book, I highly recommend it. The book is small and a short read, but powerful.
I’m Not Enough Unless I’m Famous
Our culture is obsessed with celebrity and fame. In this article in the Scientific American, it states the motivation behind wanting to be famous:
- The desire to be seen and recognized
- The desire to have a lavish lifestyle
- The desire to help others and make others proud
What percentage of people in the world are famous? Mathematician, Samuel Arbesman, came up with a percentage of the world population that is famous. He took estimated population of the world as 7,059,837,187 and the total number of Wikipedia pages (you have to have a threshold of notoriety to have a page), which were 604,174. The number you get is 0.000086, or 0.0086 percent that are famous.
Being Enough Without Being Famous
I was struck by the top desires for being famous. Aren’t these just our basic human needs?
Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who best known for his hierarchy of needs pyramid.
Rather than focus on aspects of human nature that were considered abnormal, Abraham Maslow chose to focus on the positive side of mental health.
Once we have our basic physical needs met, it is only natural to want to have a sense of belonging, to be loved, to be seen, to be recognized for our contributions, and to strive to reach our full potential. This is normal, and necessary to be a healthy and whole human being.
This is not striving to achieve the images that we are bombarded with by the media and advertisers. It’s to accomplish what desires we have inside of us. It’s knowing inside of us that what we do each day is enough. The truth is, there will always be more to do.
What You Do is Enough and Significant Now and Always
During this pandemic, I’ve been very reflective. I have been thinking about all the jobs that we may have considered insignificant and how truly significant that they are.
Those jobs include those who stock the shelves for us. All the people in the grocery stores who check out our groceries, bag our groceries, clean the stores.
There’s an endless supply chain of people from the farmers, to those creating the containers that hold things, to the manufacturers that make and pack things. I could go on and on with all the touch points in getting food and other items to us.
Then there are the healthcare workers, law enforcement folks, emergency responders, fire fighters, postal workers, delivery drivers, train operators, I could fill this entire blog post!
God Wants You to Know that You are Enough
Psalm 139:14 says, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
This is the word, Enough from God Notes – Daily Doses of Divine Encouragement.
Be careful and do not listen to the outside voices of your culture that promotes scarcity and its manufactured model of perfectionism.
These voices say you’re not good enough,
When you listen to the outside voices, you drown out the voice of truth.
You drown out the only voice that matters.
It’s the still small voice that I gave you.
It is my voice that whispers to you.
You are strong enough.
You are smart enough.
You are enough.
Realize that you matter. You are significant. Never forget that you are enough. Has this resonated with you? I’d love for you to share in the comment section below.