I don’t know about you, but I do alarm clock math almost every single time I go to bed. You know, it’s that calculation you perform when you realize that you have to get up at six and that you stayed up a little later than you thought you would because you were watching your favorite show. You count your projected sleep and realize that you are only going to get six hours. From that point on, you start thinking about ways you can add a little bit more, like maybe skipping your shower or hitting the snooze button. In essence, you tell yourself you are going to wake up tired before you even go to sleep.
Lynn Twist wrote a book in which she described perfectly the feelings that many of us feel. She said, “for me and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is oh, I didn’t get enough sleep. The next one is I don’t have enough time. Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying because we don’t have enough. Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the ground, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get or what we didn’t get done that day, and we go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to the reverie of lack. This internal condition of scarcity, this mindset of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice and our arguments with life.”
Thankfully, in the Kingdom of God, we don’t have to exist subject to thoughts of lack. In Jesus, we have the power to change our minds and our thinking. We can live from a place of gratitude that consistently confesses, “I am more than enough and I have more than enough.”