You Are Enough
by Holley Gerth
I oversleep again. And a voice whispers, “What’s wrong with you?” I snap at my innocent husband as he pours his cereal. And a voice whispers, “What’s wrong with you?”
I let down a friend. I don’t ﬁnish a project. I forget to feed the dog on time. And I hear again and again, “What’s wrong with you?” I slip into bed that night with a sigh, pull the covers over my head, and close the day with this question: “What’s wrong with me?”
When we fail, struggle, or face obstacles, it can make us feel we are not enough. Surely we must somehow be inadequate or this wouldn’t be happening. If only we could be stronger, do more, get better, then things would be okay. We would be okay. We become the judge and ﬁnd ourselves lacking.
Are we enough?
There are two answers to this question.
The ﬁrst is, of course not. We’re frail. We’re human. We fail. None of us is perfect.
But because of what God has done for us, because of Christ who died for us, because of the Spirit within us, that’s not the ﬁnal answer.
The second and truest answer is, yes, we are enough and so much more.
More than anything else, the lie that we’re not enough is what trips women up when we struggle. I’ve seen it happen again and again as a life coach and counselor as well as in my own life. The reason is that as long as we believe we’re not enough, we also believe we have to make up for it. So instead of running to Jesus, we ﬂee to self-improvement, trying harder, exhausting ourselves. But there is a better way. Receiving. Letting God ﬁll up our “not enough” with his inﬁnite love, grace, and strength until we’re overﬂowing. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Pet. 1:3).
In Christ, we have everything we need. We are all we need to be. We are rescued from ourselves and from that question that haunts us, “What’s wrong with me?” Instead, we can ask, “Who’s within me?” The answer is an inﬁnite God who knows no limits, who hung the stars in place, who hears our every prayer and directs our every step. He offers a fullness that can’t be taken away by bad days, weak moments, or even life’s greatest tragedies. Yes, we grieve. Yes, we face loss. Yes, we let people down and let people go. But in all of this, who we are is not diminished because the One within us can’t be diminished. That never changes, no matter what.
You are enough.
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