Never Good Enough

Just going to be completely vulnerable here, being good enough is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. In my brain, to be enough, I have to be the best. But it’s really, really hard to be the best at  e v e r y t h i n g.

Something that my mom told me in elementary school has stayed with me all these years. She said to me, “There’s always going to be someone, somewhere in the world, prettier than you, smarter than you, or better at something than you.” And I always thought that was a strange thing to tell a nine year old. But now I get it. The first lesson is about pride, but I think the more important underlying theme has to do with self worth.

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So many of us, young, old, male, female, compare ourselves to others. We follow influencers on Instagram and think, “Why can’t I look like that?” or “I wish I had the financial security to travel wherever I wanted” or a plethora of other things, but we fail to realize that there are people who would kill to have a life as good as ours.  I’m going to assume that most of you reading this are Americans, and as Americans we are in one of the wealthiest nations in one of the wealthiest times in all of human history. But people still aren’t happy.

Struggling to be good enough has been perpetuated by social media and tv shows and all of the things swirling around us in everyday life. We’re afraid of being judged for being one way or another, but WHO CARES. When we realize that we are worth MORE than whatever the world thinks of us, that’s awesome. But, then.. where’s our worth come from?

We all put our identity in something. Maybe it’s the sport we’re good at, or our grades, or our personalities, but who are you when that’s all stripped away? Are you still good enough then?

Guess what!! The answer is a resounding, joy-filled “YES!” because your worth is found in Jesus Christ. I’m not good enough. I’m never going to be the smartest, the prettiest, or the best at everything I do. I’m never going to be able to live up to the standard that God expects me to. But God knows that. He knows I’m going to fall short day after day and He loves me anyways. I’m never going to be good enough, but that’s okay because Jesus is always and forever enough to steady me when I stumble and help me when I fall.

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