This is a second look at scarcity. Yesterday, I mentioned how the culture around us tries to convince us that we are lacking something, and that something is scarce, so we have to seize the chance to get it. This kind of cultural ambiance keeps the focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have. So we feel a sense of scarcity. Intentionally choosing a discipline of gratitude helps to counter that.
But there is another aspect to the scarcity mentality around us. It is not just that we are lacking some material object. There is also the perpetuation of the idea that we are not good enough. We’re not thin enough. Or tall enough. Or rich enough. Or stylish enough. Or athletic enough. Or successful enough. Or charming enough. Or. . . . enough.
This creates the impression that we are lacking. In and of ourselves. As we are. This is disempowering. And can lead us to think, I can’t make a difference. What I do doesn’t matter. I don’t count.
The scarcity mentality tells us that we don’t really count for much. With this outlook, we are less likely to give, to help, to contribute because we think we’re not much and our help doesn’t matter.
When we choose to be thankful and affirm our gratitude, we see how powerfully gifted and blessed we are. We see our abundance. And then we are aware of all that we have to give and share. And it does matter. And we can help. And we do have much to offer.
As we prepare for The BIG Event, think of all that you have to offer to the life of Lakewood United Church of Christ. Let your gratitude guide you!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16