Pastor Kaye's Blog

Selfishness & Scarcity

In our post-9/11, high-unemployment, global warming, natural disaster, recession shadowed world, our culture has become even more about “me” and “not enough” than ever before. Lynne Twist, in her book,“The Soul of Money”, says it well, “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. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.”

(For the full audio version of this sermon, click here.)

We have leached from the very air itself the belief in scarcity, and when we live in this mindset, desert-1108-lgwe are miserable. The trick is that we have a choice. Each day we can focus on what we don’t have, how much weight we should lose, what we didn’t get done, what an imperfect relationship we have, and so on. Or, we can start working on a new attitude that focuses on abundance. Each day we are surrounded by beauty, by opportunities, by wisdom, by people and, yes, even by things. A belief in abundance leads us to enjoy, celebrate and be grateful for all that we do have.

Let me be clear – this is not about stuff, though occasionally it manifests itself that way. What I am talking about is a spiritual atunement to the abundance around us.  It is possible to have everything you could possibly want and still live in the myth of scarcity – it’s not enough, it might be taken from me, I’m not enough. How many rich people just keep acquiring more? How many beautiful people still worry that they don’t look good enough? When is enough, enough?

We can live with a belief in abundance or a belief in scarcity.  Is our glass half full or half empty? Will we focus on what we don’t have or on what we do have? Will we focus on what we have accomplished or what we haven’t?

Julie and I don’t have a huge house, and there are times when I wish I had followed my original career choice and become a marketing executive so I could’ve made lots of money and could have had a big, beautiful house. But most of the time I realize that I have what is most important and that I am surrounded by abundance – love, beauty, opportunities, adventures, learning.

Plus I firmly believe in the universal truth that we draw to us that which we put out. If we live in negativity, selfishness and scarcity and the world of “not enough,” we draw those things, attitudes, and people to us. If we live in a place of gratitude, abundance, and positivity then we will draw that to us.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it in abundance.”

Love & Light,

Kaye