Last year, my mum and I went to go see a movie. We did not pick the film, my sister did, and we turned up and went to see The Greatest Showman.
It was incredible, to say the least and one song that stuck out to me was Never Enough sung by Loren Allred. The lyrics talks about how all the fame will never be enough for her without the darling who set off the dream in her. But it got me thinking, at some point, you might have gone through that feeling before. Not sure about you, but I have gone through seasons where I’ve felt like I wasn’t pretty enough, clever enough or good enough. I was not enough. Have you been in that place before too?
What I have learnt is that feeling of not being good enough is rooted from comparison. I was either comparing myself to other people or worse, comparing myself to my unrealistically high expectations I had put on myself and gave me a distorted view that I was not enough. From that stemmed other issues – I was not enough so no matter how much I studied, it won’t be enough to get into my dream university. I was not enough so no matter how much I earn, it won’t be enough. I was not enough so no matter how many likes I get on Instagram, it’s not enough.
But through it all, I was not enough for me, but I was more than enough for God. I had to stop living for myself, I had to stop living for the praises of other people and I needed to start living for God. I had to listen to what God has said about me and stop listening to what I was saying to myself or what others were saying about me.
Here is what God’s truth says about me, and about you. Friend, can I encourage you to hold on to them when feelings of not being enough starts popping up. In the moments where we might feel like we aren’t pretty enough, hold on to Ephesians 2:10 where it says we are God’s handiwork. The same God who created beautiful sunsets and epic waterfalls, created you, He knit you together in your mother’s womb and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. ALL of his works are wonderful, including you my friend (Psalm 139).
When you don’t feel like you are good enough or talented enough for your calling, remember the fact that you are chosen, a royal priesthood, God’s special possession (1 Peter 2:9) and in the moments of weakness, God’s grace is enough to carry it through so we can boast in our weakness because when we are weak, God is strong (2 Corinthians). In the moments where we feeling like we aren’t strong enough to do God’s will, remember that nothing can separate us from the love of God – neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, the presents or the future, no power, no height, no depth, not anything in creation can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39) and friend, the joy of the Lord is our strength and He is pleased with you and He loves you so very much.
You, my friend, are enough. You are always enough.