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Is God enough for you to be enough?

Too often, we focus so much on our own accomplishments and failures that we forget that God is behind the scenes, beneath our feet, beyond our imaginations doing unexpected things and offering undeserved grace. And maybe that’s enough . . .

“God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:8

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They will bear fruit even when old and gray; they will remain lush and fresh in order to proclaim: “The Lord is righteous. He’s my rock. There’s nothing unrighteous in him.”

Psalm 92:14-15

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Endings can be really uncomfortable. In fact, sometimes I’ll stop reading a book simply because I don’t want it to end. Endings bring with them a finality that causes uncertainty, anxiety, and even depression.

And no ending can be more frightening to think about than the end of your life. The Psalmist, however, saw even this reality as an opportunity to remember that God’s work is always enough.

As things grow closer to death, they inevitably experience decay and decline. The leaves of the trees no longer have quite as much color, the car just won’t start on the first turn of the key, the human body just can’t accomplish what it used to.

And yet the Psalmist retains hope in a God who makes even dying things filled with vitality and life. No matter how old you are, there is a natural fear of things coming to an end. But have hope! God can turn final chapters into the best stories we’ve ever read.

Dave McNeely

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God, it’s not easy to approach the end of something. I don’t know what will come next, and it’s easy to be afraid and uncomfortable. But I know that you are there at every ending and every beginning, as well. Help me to trust that you will write a beautiful ending. Amen.

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“Our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.”

Augustine

Beneath our concerns that we may never be or have enough, may we seek and find rest in God’s abundant enough.

Dave McNeely

Dave McNeely currently serves as the Faith & Justice Scholars Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. He is married to Mandy and has two boys, Christopher and Noah.

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