Do you ever look around you and it seems that everyone is more capable of balancing activities, studies, healthy relationships AND getting their 5 a day than you?!
Everyone seems to be doing life better.
This kind of thinking can lead to us looking at ourselves and thinking ‘they are so much more ______ than me’ Fill in the blank with skilled, pretty, intelligent, or whatever word first comes to mind.
If you’re reading this and relating, please know that you are NOT the only one who has ever felt inadequate. In fact the super-fit, super-organised people who seem to have everything going for them...they’ve probably felt exactly the same at some point.
I guess we all fall into the trap of not feeling good enough.
But that lie is dangerous for two reasons:
- You miss out.
- The world misses out on what you have to offer.
But why would God want to use me?
You are unique. You have a very specific set of relationships, motivations, dreams and disappointments. This blend of personal experiences have resulted in skills and perspectives that only you have.
Maybe you often think about your flaws and don’t put yourself forward for opportunities fear of not succeeding. If that’s the case I want you to think about 12 people who had access to Jesus whilst He walked the Earth, and still fell short.
Let’s be honest, Jesus would have had his pick of the bunch when it came to those he kept close to Him, but when we read about his disciples they aren’t particularly educated or refined.
The disciples also weren’t super filled with faith alllll the time.
In Matthew 8 The Disciples are on the boat with Jesus, they know who He is, yet even in that moment, knowing they are on the boat with the Son of God, they still fly into a panic when the winds pick up.
They knew who God is, yet in a moment of doubt they believed they were going to drown.
I’m not ripping into the disciples, I’m just trying to show that they weren’t what we might consider ideal candidates to serve along side the Son of God. They weren’t perfect as He was, they were just…well, human.
J. Oswald Sanders comments, ‘He saw in them something no one else did, and under his skillful hand they emerged as leaders who would shock the world’
Even the disciples slipped up, made mistakes, felt fear and had doubts. But look how their lives were used to glorify God and share the gospel.
We don’t have to be perfect to have a positive impact on the world. We don’t have to be perfect to share the good news with our friends.
So next time you look at where you fall short, in those moments were you don’t quite make the cut, remember how your heavenly Father see’s you. His precious, beloved, fearfully made child.
Friend, you were worth dying for.
Maybe you’ve got to this stage (thanks for sticking with me) and there’s something thats come into your mind as you’ve been reading. Something you’ve always felt you wanted to do but haven’t felt good enough, ready enough, equipped enough. This can be anything from a mission trip to inviting your neighbor to Church.
I want to encourage you to take a moment to really allow yourself to pray for that thing, maybe even write it down. Finally allow yourself to believe that you can do it, in His strength not your own.
You are good enough.
I promise you that God will take that desire to serve and use it to transform the lives of those around you.