Have you watched a movie you had watched a hundred times as a child and caught lines you never noticed before? Or at least the meaning of those words had flown right over your head as you sat caught up in the story or what was happening on-screen? Consider the story of Mary Poppins. She was one wise gal and seemed to always have just the right thing to say. You know, like “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” and “well begun is half done” and my favorite: “Close your mouth, Michael. We are not a codfish.” One of the things she said in the Disney movie that I missed as a child is “Enough is as good as a feast”. In other words – stop your grousing, be happy with what you have and don’t ask for more.
Our human nature, from a very early age, causes us to cry out “more, more!” all throughout our growing up years and sometimes on and on, even when we’re “grown ups.”
Give a child a trip to the store and they want a candy bar, too. Give them a candy bar and they want a slushee to go with it. Give them a practice drive around the parking lot and they want to practice parking and, even though you’ve already driven around the neighborhood 26 times, they want to do it just 10 more, then maybe 5 more… (not speaking from experience of course)
My nephew used to say to other little kids when they whined for more, “Take what you get and don’t throw a fit.” I quickly adopted that good slogan and quoted to my girls all the time. It’s actually fun to say if you kind of rap it.
There are a lot of verses about being happy with what you have or the mistaken idea that having more is better. Here are a few:
- A meal of bread and water in contented peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels. Pr. 17:1
- A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. Pr. 15:16
- An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more. Pr. 13:25
- No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. Ecclesiastes 1:8 NLT
Paul told us how to get over the “more more” attitude:
I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Phil. 4:11-13 The Msg
The crazy thing is: God is content with us, even though we are small and can’t offer Him much of anything. Jesus said that faith even the size of a mustard seed could move mountains. God accepts what we have and doesn’t demand more. There are times when He lavishes material blessings on us, but I don’t think he wants us to focus on or desire those things. He wants us to desire Him. And really, His love satisfies the wants and needs of our hearts like nothing and no one else.
Be thankful. “Count your blessings” isn’t just a quaint old saying. It’s actually the antidote to discontentment. Zoom out a little, away from the details of your circumstance, to see that what you really do have as God’s child is actually more than enough….in fact it’s as good as a feast.
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:4-5 NLT