By Beth Ackerman
July 30, 2014
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want
– Psalms 23
My daughter is at what I call the “gimmie” stage. At seven years old, she just can’t seem to be content with whatever she has. We’re not even out of the store with the new toy she’s been coveting or she’s not even finished opening that gift, and she immediately wants the next thing.
I was finding myself very frustrated with her behavior when it occurred to me that though I don’t necessarily covet material possessions, I often respond that way in other areas of my life. I want more things done around the house or more time and investment from people. Or perhaps I feel I deserve more appreciation or credit for something I thought I’d done well.
I’ve always been struck by a famous quote that was credited to the first American Billionaire, John Rockefeller, when he was asked, “How much is enough?” His response, “a little bit more.”
We are all likely familiar with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things”. However, the precursor to that well-known verse is “I have learned, in whatever state I am in, there to be content”. There is no “little bit more”. Whether our current conditions are to “abound” or “suffer need”, that is the state we need and where we should be content. Great strength, faith, and happiness rests in knowing that a great Shepherd “supplies all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
How much is enough? My Grandpa, a pastor and a son of a poor West Virginia coal miner would have answered that question in one word: GLORY!
While working at an alternative school, Dr. Beth Ackerman
completed her Master’s degree in special education at Lynchburg College and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Virginia. She is currently an associate dean in the School of Education at Liberty University. She has developed a love of sharing what God has laid on her heart over the years as a follower of Christ, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and educator.