In one of my all time favorite movies, Jennifer Lopez plays a girl named Slim.
Slim finds herself in an abusive relationship with a man who continues to chase her even after she leaves. She keeps running away and trying to start over, but he keeps finding her and dismantling her life no matter where she goes.
Finally (spoiler alert) Slim decides to take back her life instead of continuing to live as a victim on the run. At this point in the movie, I am always on my feet. It does not matter how many times I've watched it, I start cheering, punching my fist in the air and shouting, "Take that!" and "Get him!" and a few other choice obscenities, ahem, I mean, Godly words as I watch Slim rise up and fight for her life. The name of the movie is Enough.
I get it. What's the point in living if you have to be a slave to your circumstances and fears?
Slim had been through enough of waking up every day in fear and hiding behind disguises, only to be found again and beaten over and over.
The first time I watched the movie, I was a little impatient with Slim.I kept thinking, "When is she going to get fed up, stop running, and change the situation?"
I think maybe this is a little how God felt when the Israelites had been wandering in the desert for forty years. In Deuteronomy 1:6, He said to them: "You have dwelt long enough on this mountain."
I'll say that they had dwelt there long enough.
They took forty years to make what should have been an eleven day trip to Canaan, The Promise Land!
Now I could understand how 11 days could stretch to 40 days, but 40 years..now that is absurd. Or is it? Of course we can look at the Israelites in disbelief as we judge them for wasting time on things that kept them from reaching the Promise Land. But what about us today? What about the promises of God to us?
Have you dwelt long enough on the same mountain? What in your life has you hostage? Are you ready to say "Enough!" to letting the enemy cause strife and tension in your home? Enough of waking up every morning not excited about life?
Enough of taking prescription antidepressants and anxiety medications, when maybe what you really need is a creative outlet to let your greatness out? Enough of believing the lies the enemy whispers to you every day? Enough of being fearful? Enough of hating your body? Skin color? Job? Or whatever it is that's keeping you from living your life, and reaching your Promise Land?
My friends it is time to kick some major butt and knock these things out of your life for good.Just like I'm on my feet cheering, fist bumping, and high-fiving Slim, and just as God used Moses to help the Israelites to reach their destination, I'm cheering you on!
Sister, It's time to stop running and face your "giants." Don't be like the Israelites and complain day and night about your situation because it looks dim. The God of the universe is with you and has given you everything you need.
2 Peter 1:3 says: "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence."
You have heard this before. Will you do what we so often do when we read a powerful word that speaks to us and our situation? We get inspired for a moment, but then continue to do things the same way we've always done them?
Or is today the day you say, "Enough."
You have a beautiful destination on the other side of your victory.
What is it you want to say "Enough" to?
Hit reply and tell me. Make your declaration (loud with passion).
I will be cheering you on! "That-a girl! Get em."