During my high school years, I was blessed to live down the street from one of my very best friends. We lived on a long gravel road out in the middle of nowhere, this was our neighborhood.
There was a working farm across from our house, complete with corn fields and silos. The neighborhood pets varied from cows to horses, dogs to cats, pigs to chickens, and even a ferret named Musky. My family’s pet was Sally the goat, she sported a sweet collar and went for long walks on a leash. Crazy right? We played in haylofts, fields, and creeks. We even suntanned on rafts in murky ponds as teens. It was a blessed life!
Why this walk down memory lane?
This past year I read an insightful book, “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. She discusses a concept she calls, “the scarcity mindset”. It’s the idea that scarcity is an irrational fear that rests in all of us, whispering to our subconscious that we simply don’t have enough.
When I think about what a scarcity mindset looked like to me when I was younger, my memory immediately goes back to that gravel road and my friend. She lived with her hard-working, single momma and 2 brothers. The way I remember it, each time her mom brought home her paycheck she would grocery shop. The fridge and cupboards would go from just about bare, to full, then bare again in an instant. When those grocery bags came into the house, watch out! The boys would instinctively know and come running, from wherever they were in the neighborhood, with friends in tow. They would eat every single thing that remotely looked or smelled like food. I laugh now as I think about those boys ambushing the kitchen.
Today as an adult, the scarcity mindset that many of us fall into looks and feels very different.
We seem to be hustling for our worthiness, from sun-up to sun-down. Why are we so scared that we are not going to have enough, do enough, or be enough?
We wake up in the morning tired and the first thing we say is, “I didn’t get enough sleep”. We go to bed at the end of the day exhausted saying, “There’s not enough time in the day.” The scarcity mindset isn’t limited to the beginning and end of our day, its woven throughout. Not enough money, not pretty enough, not thin enough, not smart enough, not educated enough, not a good enough job, not happy enough. ENOUGH ALREADY!
What if we flip the narrative by adjusting our perspective. Even when we can’t immediately change our circumstances, we have the power to change our perspective. One of the quickest ways to change perspectives is to apply God’s truth to our fears.
Here’s the Idea:
Replace the irrational, “I am not enough” fear, with scriptural truth.
I am more than enough, I have been handcrafted, made in the image and likeness of the living God, who has a good plan for my life.
Psalm 139:14 I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I don’t need to hustle for my worthiness, I am worthy in the eyes of God, not for what I do, but for who I am in HIM.
Ephesians 1:4 For He chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world that I may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.
Romans 3:24 But they are justified freely by HIS grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.
In my present circumstances, there is no need to live in the fear of not being or having enough.
2nd Timothy 1:7 For I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, and love and discipline.
I am Treasured
Malachi 3:17 They shall be mine says the Lord, My treasured possession on the day when I act and I will spare them as parents, spare there a child who serves them.
You do you. Seek out the scriptural truths that will encourage you to release any areas of scarcity mindset, that are in your way. Scriptural truth is the best medicine I have found to heal my heart and remind me who I am in Christ. I am grateful for those early years. Something about the slower, simpler, way we lived gave me confidence that I was always more than enough!
Encourage others and leave a comment below with your favorite scriptural truth.
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