The Myth of Scarcity
It’s happening again.
I'm tripping over them. I'm listening to them crackle down from the trees.
Acorns are falling. Everywhere.
I believe wrong things. The myth of scarcity is one of them.
It pours into my newsfeed.
My television streams it.
It permeates conversations.
My own thoughts teem with it.
Many of my decisions are made because of it.
And it’s downright wrong. A lie.
The myth of scarcity is the idea that there isn’t enough to go around. The world (and the God who created it) is lacking the resources to meet my needs. There’s not enough _______ (fill in the blank) for me and those I love.
At its root (at least for me) is the MEAN monster of fear. And as I know better than I would like to admit, fear strangles and enslaves me.
My reaction to its demands cause me to hoard, fret, close up and off, control, and protect myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Just look at the last six months.
Acorns speak something completely different. As I unwittingly get "bonked" on the head by one of these brown nuggets for soon-to-be-hibernating creatures, I am not-so-gently reminded.
When I fret over the lack of ________ in my world, and in my own little family, copious acorns point out a better and truer reality.
NOT LACK. ABUNDANCE.
NOT SCARCITY. OVERFLOWING.
God is enough. God has enough.
In fact, God is MORE than enough. And God has MORE than enough.
Last night, I was sucked back to the myth. I started looping around about the LACK of a job for my husband. Possible LACK of money. LACK of security.
Quickly, my thoughts turned to how can I make this okay. What scheme can I come up with to get some money into our pockets? HOW DO I FIX THIS?
(You know the drill! You have your own 2 am thoughts.)
As I let our dog out today, I saw acorns strewn all over our walkway.
"Gotcha, God." I mumbled under my breath.
No LACK with YOU. Only ABUNDANCE.
No SCARCITY with YOU. Only FULLNESS to OVERFLOWING.
They will keep falling. There will be MORE than enough.
It doesn’t matter what the job front looks like right now. It doesn't matter what our bank account looks like. It doesn't matter if our funds are all "safe and sound."
God's got all the "acorns" in the world. And He's got some for me.