Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Are You Good Enough?

I had a chat with a friend today. Actually, we are meeting regularly in a MasterMinds partnership. Our plan is to sharpen each other's focus, skill, and purpose in life by holding one another accountable and asking the hard questions. Today, we struggled through one really great one!

Am I good enough?

Do you know what we decided?

Let's think about it. When you ask someone for support, what do they say? "Oh yes, you are good enough. Don't talk yourself down." Isn't that along the lines of supportive friendship?

But now I ask the hard question: Are you good enough?

I am NOT good enough and never will be. Did it make you stop? Did it shock you? Did you want to console me and say, "Yes you are because you are a child of God."?

Once again, I am NOT good enough and never will be. Here's why:

I cannot do anything without God. I was not made to go and do on my own power. He has purpose and direction for me and God is the author and perfecter of His work in me. I cannot ever rise to His perfection. But God can do all things that I cannot on my own achieve. It surprises me sometimes to look back and wonder how I could have ever done this or that.

When I stand at the crossroads of my dreams and goals, they can be overwhelming. It's hard to know where to start or see the entire path. But when I realize it is not my power that has to get me down that road, but His power then I relax and place my foot on the next illumined stone. I don't have to know all the way. I don't have to do it alone. I will never be God.

Today, I realized that I am not good enough and will never be. I am so glad that HE is and will always be. Now that road is not so daunting, scary and overwhelming. I can take one step. I can take another. I understand now that as I look back and find that the Lord has propelled me through mazes and marshes, I have done things that would be impossible if I tried to do them alone.

I am so glad I don't have to be "good enough." There is such freedom in that realization. I am free to be who I am because Jesus is who makes me good enough in all my human simpleness. He uses exactly those things about me that are weak to make me strong and useable. Thank God that I am not good enough and that I have to rely on Him to bridge that gap from imperfection to help me fulfill the purpose He has made me for in this physical lifetime. Whew! It's His job and I just have to put my eyes on Him.

Angie
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2 comments:

  1. I learned something interesting this past week from my Beth Moore study. She pointed out that pride isn't just those who think too much of themselves, it's also those who think too little of themselves. Whining about our shortcomings is just another form of pride. I'd never thought of it that way.

    We are called to be obedient to Christ. HE is the author and perfector. That means that one day, not only will we be good, we'll be perfect! Now if that's not praise worthy, I don't know what is.

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  2. Great Post Angie! yes, we need to keep our eyes on Him.

    Thanks for sharing, Mindy. I would not have thought of complaining about our shortcomings being prideful, but I can see it now.

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