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Matthew 6:25-27; 31-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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I have two children under the age of four, and I am constantly combating the idea that I’ll never (or not soon enough) have the time I need to recharge appropriately—aka to the point where I feel ready, capable, and not like I’m constantly operating from zero capacity.
But no matter how many long naps my kids take, nights out with girlfriends, or evenings in alone (introvert time), I still can’t shake this sneaky feeling that slithers in while I’m painting my toes or laughing at my friend’s joke—deep down I fear that this time of rest won’t be enough. And once I have that thought, it’s hard to come back from. At this point, I’m not engaging with the people in front of me or in the restful activity I’ve chosen. Instead, my scarcity mindset has kicked into high gear, and I’m in full-blown worry mode.
Thanks to The Greatest Showman, when I think about scarcity, Loren Allred singing the chorus of “Never Enough” over and over again echoes in my ears. This is my struggle with rest—I’m always craving more and fearful that what little rest I do have won’t ever be enough.
“Never enough. Never, never . . . “
Anyone else with me?
When we operate out of this mindset, not only are we missing out on the rest we are given and worrying about future rest, we are essentially not trusting that God is who He says He is.
In Matthew 6, we’re reminded not to worry because we are valuable to God and that if we seek Him, we will be given exactly what we need.
Here are a few important takeaways that counteract our scarcity mindset:
There will always be more rest.
Be present in the rest you have today.
By seeking Jesus in your rest, you will get what you need from it.
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In order to learn how to lose our scarcity mindset, we need to trust in God’s loving abundance and embrace the times of rest we are given. So today and throughout the rest of Advent, take five minutes before you do whatever activity/practice you have planned and sit with God.
Find a cozy spot. Sit comfortably, and take a deep breath. Now, flip your hands so that your palms face up as a physical reminder of being open to whatever Jesus wants to share with you. Ask that He would show you the root of your scarcity mindset concerning rest. What causes you to believe your time of rest won’t be enough? Then, sit with Him for five minutes, trusting that the time is well spent before moving onto your planned activities.
This devotional is part of the A Restful Advent series.
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