Daily Devotional October 13, 2020

Yesterday, Shannon and I went to Lowe’s to buy some more PVC pipe for the pumpkin patch’s watering system.

Once we got the parts we needed, I said, “Let’s walk through the tool section.”  There, I found a two-pack of adjustable wrenches that I had to have.

When Shannon saw me put the wrenches in the cart, she said, “Don’t you have enough wrenches?”  I was hurt.

Of course I needed the wrenches.  One was to go in the tool box on Shannon’s tractor and the other was really pretty.  I didn’t understand her question but it got me thinking.  When is enough, enough?

When I look at tools, it’s obvious I should have at least one of everything, just in case I need it.

When I look at our ranch, I’m not greedy.  I only want the property that touches mine.

When I look at my fountain pen collection, how many do I actually need?  I can only write with one at a time.

Sadly, I have been conditioned to always want more wrenches, more  land, more fountain pens, more everything.  This shows my perspective is wrong.  That’s because the only thing that can truly satiate my appetites, is the One who created, redeemed, and sustains me.  Only by looking to Jesus can I truly have enough.

This is exactly what Paul meant by telling Timothy, Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have.   We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it:  we’ll be happy with food and clothing.”  (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

So, if you find yourself in my shoes, always wanting more, take a moment to examine your motives.  When is enough, enough?

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be content with the many blessings you have placed in my life.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

There’s a reason you never see a U-Haul in a funeral procession.  You can’t take it with you.

Also, did you notice I didn’t say I needed another wife?  One is enough.  Actually, there are times when one is too much. 

Don’t tell Shannon I said that.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins