"'What's the matter, Hannah?' Elkanah would ask. 'Why aren't you eating? Why be so sad just because you have no children? You have me - isn't that better than having ten sons?'" (1 Samuel 1:8).
I love the story of Hannah, because it represents so many of our lives. She prayed for something until she wore her knees out, and then she prayed some more. But, she began to allow her sorrow for what she didn't have, to blind her to what she did have. The words of her husband are words that I believe Jesus asks us today. "Aren't I enough?"
It is so easy to become burdened with discouragement over what we don't see happening in our areas of performance. We become consumed in finding our status in our statistics. We give into the taunting and gossip of others with their shallow observations of what's really going on. Al the while, our "Elkanah" (Jesus), is reminding us, "...you still have Me."
Our focus, at times, has become skewed. We get discouraged at how we see our performance. We begin to look at ourselves through the eyes of other people, and begin to assume how they see us. It's amazing that we don't just struggle with judging others through our eyes, but we judge ourselves through other's eyes. We need to remember that above all, we still have Jesus...and He's more than enough! If you have nothing else in your life, but you still have Jesus, then you have all you'll ever need.
"When Jesus is all you have, then Jesus is all you need." - Jeanne Mayo