Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Enough is as Good as a Feast

I read that line somewhere, long ago. It stuck with me. When I was finishing up lil' Grace's hat, it popped up again. This is the hat.

And this is how much yarn I had left when it was done.

Isn't enough as good as a feast? So often, I dream about having more. My husband and I are on a budget. We don't go on fancy vacations, we use coupons, we rarely go out to eat. But, we are genuinely happy. I'm blessed enough to stay home with my kids, and pick up consulting work here and there. I LOVE being home with my kids - they are so much fun! I LOVE consulting, and helping parents/caregivers address behavior issues so that kids can be more settled and happy.

Isn't enough as good as a feast? Sure, it would be nice not to ever worry about money. But, money has always come at just the moment we need it. Sure, I'd love to go out for a great steak dinner, complete with cheese fries, and garlic mashed potatoes, and fancy chocolate cake for dessert. But - it's not a very healthy meal! I can grill steak at home, skip the fries, make the mashed potatoes and a not so fancy cake, and enjoy the meal just as much. Sure, I'd love to own a house in a "nicer" neighborhood. But, our apartment is exactly what we were looking for. We have a big backyard to play in, our landlords are WONDERFUL people who adore our kids. The city we live in offers a TON of free stuff for families, including free playgroups.

Isn't enough as a good as a feast?

In the Bible, Jesus says: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" (Matthew 6:25-27)

So, I don't have a lot of yarn left over from this hat. But I had enough to make the hat! Isn't enough as good as a feast?


Dana said...

Very well said and an inspiration!

lauriec said...

Enough truly is as good as a feast!!

I'm a former Boston gal & miss the Hub!

Alana - Knit Wit said...

Just what I needed to hear today!


Your Fall Felted Bag Pal said...

I think I'd have a heart attack if I were down to that much yarn - I have problems with that on occasion ;)

I'll be sending along more soon - but wanted to at least pop over to say hi!

And you're definitely quite right in your post.. the key is to see what we have - not what we don't. :)

km said...

I once read something like...happiness is enjoying what you have...not having what you want. I think it was Mark Twain who said it...but I'm not sure I'm quoting it right. Thanks for the reminder. I'll be checking back during the FFBE and maybe beyond. I'm always excited to find a mom who loves God, her husband and kids...and to KNIT!