-Abundance vs Scarcity-
Are you familiar with an abundance vs scarcity mindset? It’s kind of like the glass half full vs half empty argument. Do I have plenty or am I running low?
A couple of weeks ago when I wrote about blessing I mentioned that blessing others is not really our choice, if we are living a life in pursuit of Jesus. We typically take life into our own hands and decide who gets the blessing and who doesn’t. Like I said before, “some people are more deserving than others,” or so we think. It would be easy for me to say that all we need to do is bless everyone we come into contact with but I don’t think that’s a fair solution. That is not a sustainable, long-term option. I have been working to reshape the way I see my situation in order to be a blessing to others. So how do I obtain a posture of blessing? What does that even mean?
Because I am a simple man it makes sense to define some words for context. See below:
Abundance- A very large quantity of something.
Scarcity- In short supply.
Gratitude- The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Please don’t feel like I think you are too dumb to know what each of those words means. It helps me stay on track and gives a clear picture of how the words are being used. So here we go – I cannot give away what I do not have. Nor do I want to give away what I have little of. This is what it looks like to have a scarcity mindset. Always feeling like there is not enough to go around. Operating under the assumption that I have to get mine and hang on to it. I believe there is a certain amount of fear in this mentality. We are afraid that the thing we are holding onto will run out. There won’t be enough.
Abundance thinking says that there is plenty to go around, let me share with you. When we have an abundance mentality the fear is removed. We trust that there is a very large quantity, therefore we have the ability to share.
Hang on, I’m gonna get back around to blessing people…
Here is the secret sauce to living with an abundance mindset – gratitude. The ability to recognize and be thankful for the things around us. Chances are that if you are able to read this post you have plenty to be thankful for. Even if things are not necessarily going your way right now, you have enough bare necessities to be thankful. I think that gratitude is the key to living with an abundance mentality. In order for me to experience this, I have to stop and be intentional about seeing all the good in my life. It’s easy to let the negatives outweigh the positives. Taking time to give thanks for the life I have reminds me that abundance is the answer.
What do scarcity and abundance and gratitude have to do with blessing other people? If we stop and take a minute to realize our blessings and understand there is plenty to go around, then we are able to live with a posture of blessing. Sorry, it took a while to get here but I think it was necessary. I don’t think we can carry this posture without understanding the abundance vs scarcity argument. I am certainly in a much better position to be a blessing to others when I feel blessed myself. Carrying a posture of blessing is first believing that you are blessed (the gratitude part) and that there is plenty to go around (the abundance part). The two together give us the ability to be a blessing to others in a real and meaningful way. There is substance behind it. And we know how to make it happen on a regular basis.
There is a parable in Matthew 25:14-29 that paints a good picture of abundance and how to be a good steward of it. Sometime this week try to make time to read it.
Jude 1:2 “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
Quitter- Jon Acuff
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