When You're Tired of Coming Up Short

Do you ever feel like you're continuously coming up short?

We don't have to perform for God.

Dishes in the sink. Mountains of laundry growing by the day. Bathrooms that need to be cleaned . . . again. DIY Pinterest projects aren't turning out perfectly. Should have said this. Should have done that.

Recently, I had one of those days. When I vented to my husband, he said,

"I have a word for you."

"What is it?"


"What? What does that mean?"

"It's a Hebrew word. It means 'It's enough.'"

It's enough because Jesus is enough. What He did on the cross is enough. God looks at Christ in us.

He proceeded to explain. During Passover, Jews sing that if God had simply split the Red Sea for them—Dayenu—it would have been enough. The song reminds the Jewish people that what God did for them was more than enough. Dayenu.

"I need that word plastered around my house!" I declared.

My husband must have heard me, because one morning, I awoke to find a sticky note scribbled with Dayenu on my cereal box. And another on my laptop.

I started preaching that one-word sermon to my heart.

When it was late and there were still dishes in my sink: Dayenu. I can rest for a few minutes. The universe won't fall apart if there are still dishes in the sink tomorrow.

When my to-do list wasn't accomplished: Did I accomplish God's "to-do list" for me today? Then Dayenu.

You may ask: why is it enough?

It's enough because Jesus is enough. What He did on the cross is enough. God looks at Christ in us, and Dayenu. We don't have to perform for Him. We don't have to have it all together for Him.

HE is the one who is enough.

If life, relationships, and peace depended on us, it would never be enough. But thank God, it doesn't depend on us! You and I don't have to perform. We don't have to earn glory. And the universe doesn't depend on us holding it together.

Rather, when we walk with God in the moments and our words and lives confess He is our Lord, Jesus is our justification. HE is the one who is enough. Dayenu.

May God plaster that word into our hearts!

How does the truth of Dayenu apply to your life? 

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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Hannah Lannigan

Hannah Lannigan

Hannah—the woman who ran from any man who seemed interestes—and Ryan Lannigan—the man who "wasn't going to get married unless God whapped him over the head with a two-by-four"—married in 2009 after graduating from Moody Bible Institute. God continues to give this team many adventures as they pursue beautiful, messy hearts and learn how to live out God's Kingdom ways together. Their family lives in the land of Narnia (a.k.a. Michigan) where at least they have Christmas. Even in the midst of the "Mama, Mama" mantra, Hannah enjoys creating, communicating, and connecting with her sons and the hearts of the physically young and old.

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