Oh the Scandal!! What shame!! What embarrassment!! How preposterous the situation…
When we are called to “dare greatly” but then we get sucked into the scandal of a scarcity mentality, also known as “the never-enough problem” (Brene Brown). Writer Lynne Twist said it best, “For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is ‘I didn’t get enough sleep.’ The next one is ‘I don’t have enough time.’ Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it.”
How scandalous. I’m guilty. I just caught myself saying I needed more sleep. Yet, it goes deeper than that. In our narcissistic culture, we are bombarded with overt comparison and the feelings of not being good enough or the fear of being ordinary. We struggle to be seen and heard because creativity has been silenced and suffocated. “We get scarcity because we live it (Brene Brown).” So how would you respond when you hear or see the phrase: Never _______________ enough? Fill in the blank for yourself.
Never good enough.
Never perfect enough.
Never successful enough.
Never safe enough.
I’m sure your own word popped up at some point. The good news is that we can heal from this! We can come together and challenge this scandalous mentality. We find the solution played out in the familiar miracle of the Bible when one little boy’s lunch made a ‘huge picnic’ possible after Jesus multiplied and blessed it. This is week 3 in Lisa Harper’s Bible Study, The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For. In this story in Mark 6:30-44, the disciples are putting on a scandal with their scarcity mentality. However, Jesus so “gently pushed them a little further than they were used to going with the question, ‘What do you have that we can work with?” Here’s the solution. The opposite of scarcity is enough. Bottom line:
Our scarcity + faith in Jesus = MORE THAN ENOUGH~ Lisa Harper
The love and compassion for Jesus is too powerful. As Lisa Harper stated, “The only true eternal scandal would be for us not to see Jesus for who He is. Jesus is the Messiah. He is our only hope.” Thank you for joining me in week 3 of the Bible Study. I pray you are blessed and the Glory of Jesus is revealed in your life!
Week 3: The Scandal of a Scarcity Mentality
- Mark 6:30-44
- What basic necessities (i.e. time, money, food, energy) do you need God to replenish for you this season?
- Mark 6:42 says, “All the people ate and were satisfied.” How would you define being satisfied, spiritually-speaking? Are you satisfied that way?