Will Davis Jr is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, Texas, and the author of several books, including the Pray Big series.
I first met Will in 1986 when he hired me as a part-time youth pastor at the church he was leading. We both were young, in our mid-twenties. Will was a very good communicator then, and he still is today, both as a speaker and as a writer.
Will has written a book, Enough—Finding More by Living with Less. It is a book encouraging us to recognize that we already have enough. We do not need to continue accumulating stuff. With current and biblical life examples, Will makes a valid case for living with less.
Like the authors of books such as, The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns or Radical by David Platt, Will’s paradigm is shaken when he begins to meet others who live much poorer lives than we do.
Will begins with a premise that there is an enough revolution brewing in our culture. He invites us to join this revolution and discover what it means to “move toward enough.”
He quotes a prayer from an obscure biblical character named Agur:
…give me neither poverty or riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. (Proverbs 30:8-9)
Will lists 10 reasons why to live with enough:
- You’ll have more time.
- You’ll have more peace.
- You’ll help your relationships.
- You’ll be more content.
- You’ll have less or no debt.
- You’ll be prepared for tough financial times.
- You’ll be better equipped to respond to need.
- Your life will be simpler.
- You’ll have better intimacy with God.
- You’ll have more joy.
Will also describes a mindset that he calls a “right here, right now mindset.” It is a mindset that we have a enough for ourselves, in fact, everything we have is not really ours. It is available for however God wants to use it anytime, anywhere. That is what I call living with open hands.
As I wrote in my last blog, How to See God Move in Everything We Do, Will defines people with a right here, right now mindset as people “who look for opportunities in the details of their daily lives to align themselves with God’s kingdom work.”
Will does a good job of not causing guilt over having wealth or possessions, but he does intentionally get us to think about why we have more than we need.
I appreciate how Will challenges us to not just live with less, but to understand why we have been given more than we need and what to do with our excess.
At the end of each chapter Will provides a few thoughts to help reflect on what was just read. This is helpful because some of the material begs for a time of internal reflection.
Will ends the book with this statement:
You can strive or you can depend. You can achieve or you can receive. You can hoard or you can share. You can hang onto what you have, settle for the best you can do, and bless no one in the process. Or you can release what you have, bless countless others, and receive more than you could ever imagine.
What will you do?
If you wish to learn how to live a life with the right here, right now mindset and join the enough revolution, then I strongly recommend this book.
How do you think this book can help you live with a right here, right now mindset? You can leave a reply below.