I talk about a variety of topics on this blog because I like to explore life from many different angles. Recently, however, I have been thinking about what I would tell you, dear readers and friends, if I could only tell you one thing. The answer came almost instantaneously:
You Are Enough – Weaknesses, Imperfections, and All.
You see, I know what it’s like to be drowning in an ocean of self-doubt, frantically gasping for breath. I am quite familiar with the feeling of being overlooked, left out, and lonely. Though it was years ago, I can still feel the pain of wondering why I didn’t seem to fit anywhere, convinced it must be because I was unloveable, though I didn’t understand why.
Thinking that my offering would only be acceptable if my kids were well-behaved, my house spotless, my clothes stylish, my days productive, my talents obvious, my friends many, and my patience intact, I could not possibly live up to my own expectations. For many years, I was overwhelmed, guilt-ridden, and unhappy because, no matter how hard I tried, it never felt good enough. Everybody else seemed to have it all together, and I was constantly falling short.
I am in a much better place now, thanks to the healing powers of prayer, time, and perspective. I have come to understand that if I allow myself to dwell on my weaknesses, I will never have the focus and energy necessary to see my strengths and use them to accomplish the work God has laid out for me.
Now it is clear that I have an enemy in this life who wants to keep me so distracted with thoughts and feelings of inadequacy that I fail to recognize what I can do and who I can become. God, on the other hand, yearns for me to see myself as He sees me. He needs me to rise above the lies the adversary tells me about myself by first understanding that they are LIES. The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, did not create me to be less than anybody. He created me to SHINE, and I will never be able to do that if I submit to self-doubt….