Having enough to share

Be careful what you pray for— you're likely to get more!

Enough time. Enough intelligence. Enough strength. Enough money. Concern with having enough is often a recurring theme. But how much is enough? When do we know our quest for enough is complete?

The word complete contains a clue. Each of us, as the children of God, is always complete, because we coexist with our Father-Mother, who continuously and reliably meets our needs. Not just some of them. Not just some of the time. This arresting statement has taught me a lot about how and when God meets our needs: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 494). That doesn't refer to future needs alone, urging trust in God with no precedent. Rather, it relates also to the past; whenever any human need has been met, it has always been evidence of divine Love's provision, regardless of how the help has come.

When the need for care and nourishment is met by a mother, the need for supply is provided by a job, or the need for ideas for a project is answered, this provision points to God's care in action, meeting needs in the way that will bless one and all the most. There's no limit to the amount of goodness—strength, supply, wisdom, support—that any individual can experience when that goodness comes from God. God holds back none of His care and greatness. What may happen, however, is that we don't claim all the benefits that are due His children; we often settle for much less than the abundance of God's blessings.

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October 16, 2000

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