ENOUGH

ENOUGH

Recently, as I was flipping through Facebook, I saw the same message over and over: “I Am Enough.” It was on posts made by people I had friended or followed. It was in ads for being able to be added onto bracelets and necklaces so we can carry with us and remind ourselves of wherever we go. It is a message that so many of us want to hear and believe because when it really comes down to it, we don’t feel like we are enough. This message of being enough is meant to empower us, but the truth is, the message is incomplete.

I want to be a super engaged loving mom, an excellent wife, a great employee, a good friend. So often, though, I fail, no matter how good my intentions start out to be. For example, with being a working mom, I try to have my son not miss out on too much stuff, but then I miss the deadline for signing up for basketball.  I also struggle with heart issues, like getting impatient and snap at my son for not moving quick enough; or struggling with a selfish heart, getting upset at my husband for not putting aside what he wants to do for what I want him to do. I also try to pour into my son and teach him how the Bible says to live, but then he turns around and takes a toy from his classroom and sneaks it in his backpack. 

No matter how much I want to be, no more how much I tell myself I am, the truth of it is, I am not enough. On my own, I fail. I miss things, my heart struggles with sin, and I can’t make my son choose right all the time. But there is hope. 2 Corinthians 3:5 says “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”

The true message is I Am Enough Only Through Christ.

I don’t have to strive to be enough on my own. I don’t have to tell myself I am enough and hope that someday I can believe it.

I can know that Christ can work in my weakness 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

I can know that He is transforming me 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

I can know that even when I fail, I have redemption through His blood Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

I can know that if I strive to abide in Him, I will bear fruit John 15:5 “I am the Vine you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

I can know that, even if I don’t feel enough, in Him I am complete Colossians 2:10 “and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

Rachel Guest

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