Sometimes, you’ve got to take a good, hard look in the mirror and say, “Enough’s enough.”
And friends, that is a very frank and very difficult conversation to have with yourself. In just two little words.
For in that small-but-powerful statement…shit.gets.real.
A lot of times, in recovery, you can get…a little too comfortable. I know I did, and frankly still do, a lot of times. A little too comfortable, and if you’re not careful, you can start treading lightly down a path that goes to the black abyss. And this looks different for everybody.
Maybe you’re conveniently “forgetting” to bring a snack with you to school. Or are getting slightly too friendly with the elliptical. Perhaps you’ve become chained to a certain pattern of foods, or are giving into disordered thoughts or behaviors.
But we’re not just talking about recovery here either. Every single person has something in their lives that they just can’t shake.
Perhaps it’s gossiping about others. Or harboring anger or jealousy. Maybe you’re constantly losing patience with people or just can’t kick some sort of addiction – whether to shopping online, or drinking one too many, or maybe just not taking care of yourself.
Whatever it is, it’s infiltrated into your life, and – for lack of a better phrase – its got you by the balls.
Now is the time to say, “Enough’s enough.”
But the podcast was about Matthew 21, where Jesus cleanses the temple.
I know, I know. Another Bible reference. But I invite you to just keep reading. My disclaimer is this: I don’t want to waste either your or my time. If I’m going to share something from the Bible, it’s for a good reason. I’m not going to shove it down your throat or be preachy. Because I respect you, and I’m sharing something that I’ve found to be powerful. So my invitation is to just read it. You don’t have to believe it. But just have an open mind. 🙂
Anyway: Matthew 21: Jesus goes into the temple courts to find a bunch of people buying and selling different things, and gambling, and just teeming with debauchery.
So what did Jesus do? He busted a cap.
No not really. But, actually, really.
He flipped over the tables and drove everybody out. Jesus became a whirlwind of righteous fury.
And as He did, He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
A den of robbers.
A den of freaking robbers.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Who is the biggest ROBBER of them all?! ED! ED – who is a thief and robs us of our lives. Of our bodies. Our hair. Our social lives. Our self-esteem and self-worth. Our reproductive and bone health. ED, that dirty bastard, is a robber!
1 Corinthians 9:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Bam. So let’s bring it all full circle.
Our bodies are temples. Much like the temple in Matthew 21. And frankly, at least for me personally, there’s a whole lot of “money changers and gamblers” in my temple. And especially during my anorexia, it was literally a den of robbers. It was a freaking den of THE robber — ED!
But anyway, in order to “cleanse the temple,” Jesus had to come in there and just have a total upheaval. A rebellion. He had to turn up and flip the friggin tables.
It was an “enough’s enough” moment.
You don’t have to be in the middle of a full-fledged eating disorder to need an “enough’s enough” moment.
The truth is, God wants to come in there and just clear all the robbers out of your den. Whatever it is that has got you chained, keeping you from freedom, keeping you in a pattern of demise – He wants to just come in there and flip the tables. Go ape shiz all over those robbers in your life.
But you’ve got to say, “enough’s enough.” You’ve got to ask Him.
And tonight was one of those E’sE moments.
Because if I live with the robbers, I’m gonna end up broke.
Let’s flip the friggin tables.