“Because then I would be enough”

January 25, 2016

I made reference to this short, self-deprecating speech in yesterday’s sermon. That Jim Carrey is self-aware enough to recognize this “terrible search” within himself is a sign that he’s moving in the right direction.

I said:

A couple of weeks ago, at the Golden Globe Awards, comedian Jim Carrey was presenting the award for “Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy,” and he took the liberty of saying some profound words, which I think he ad-libbed. He wasn’t reading off the teleprompter. He introduced himself, saying, “I am two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey. You know, when I go to sleep at night, I’m not just a guy going to sleep, I’m two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey getting some well-needed shut-eye. And when I dream, I don’t dream just any old dream. No sir. I dream about being three-time Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Carrey. Because,” he said—and pay attention to this—“because then I would be enough. It would finally be true. And I could stop this terrible search.”

Because then I would be enough. Notice he doesn’t say, “It would be enough.” John D. Rockefeller was once asked how much money is enough? And he said, “Just a little bit more.” That’s partly what Carrey is saying. “How many Golden Globes are enough?” “Just one more.” But what he said was even more profound than that. He said not “it would be enough,” but I would be enough. This Golden Globe trophy, this Golden Globe idol—it proves that I’m valuable; it proves that worthy—that I’m worthy of other people’s love, that I’m worthy of loving myself; of being O.K. with myself; of not hating myself. If I had one more of these trophies then I wouldn’t be missing something important, which makes me a whole person; I would be fulfilled and satisfied and happy. If only I had one more of these trophies, then I would be enough.”

What is your Golden Globe? What is that thing in your life that you think you need to fulfill you, to complete you as a person, to make you whole? Anything or anyone other than God is an idol that’s crowding out that place in your heart that belongs to God!

When Jesus says, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll rebuild it,” he’s reminding us that through him we have enough; in him we are enough. Because he’s done everything for us. Because he’s given us everything we need!

4 Responses to ““Because then I would be enough””

  1. Grant Essex Says:

    “Money is not the most important thing in life, but it’s close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have’ scale”
    Zig Ziglar

    Most people have some insecurities. They are about the things they think they never have enough of.

    • brentwhite Says:

      Imagine being free of that feeling that “I can’t have enough of” something! Wouldn’t that be great?

  2. Grant Essex Says:

    Yes it would. As you know, I am at the end of my life. I am better positioned to see what is fleeting, and what is eternal. And yet, I find myself occasionally wishing I had more, or had done more, or had been more. It’s a powerful thing, for sure. Just hope to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

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