I’m not good enough

I used to compare myself to others

You see, I always felt like if I was good enough I would be able to do this or do that. The problem with that way of thinking is that it actually keeps us from doing this or that. Comparative thinking is one of the most dangerous things we can do as Christians. When we start viewing ourselves through our own eyes, we take our eyes off God, in effect telling Him that His creation is flawed.

I’m not good enough

One of my deadliest thoughts is “I’m not good/smart enough, or what I write is way too simple.” I’ve carried those phrases around with me for years. They’re like a deadweight pulling me down and I’ve used them as excuse after excuse for why I shouldn’t try anything new. 

Over the last couple months I’ve been writing down what God lays on my heart, but I do it with that nagging voice still echoing inside my head. The word “simple” winds its way through my thoughts, intent on beating me down, trying its best to trip me up, until finally I decide to stop and examine it.

Merriam Webster listed the word “simple” exactly how I thought it would. “Lacking in expertise.” 

But, the coolest thing about words is that they are never limited to just one definition. As I scanned down the page I read that simple also means “being innocent, modest from display, of humble origin, unconditional, readily understood or performed.”
We are unique

When God created me (created you) He saw great potential. He gifted each of us with a special way of expressing ourselves. When He gave me the gift of writing He also gave me a certain style, a way of communicating that’s much different from others. If I could choose to describe the way I write, it would be in the hope that my words are always modest and humble, but I especially want them to be readily understood. I want to always express my love for Christ, but also let His love for you bleed through every single sentence I write.

God never intended for us to play the comparison game. If we keep thinking that way, we miss out on God’s blessings; we miss His blessings for us, and we miss giving away His blessings to others. As you go into this new week, please do so knowing that you are a very unique person. Everything about you was created with a purpose and plan. God poured His very best work into each strand of your DNA and now He’s standing back waiting and watching for you to bloom.

Don’t ever let someone else (even if it’s yourself) tell you that you can’t do something, or that you aren’t good enough. Let God have the first and last say, and I triple dog dare believe He will always be there at the starting line encouraging you to begin, on the sideline cheering you on, and the finish line waiting for you to succeed. Believe in yourself because He most certainly believes in you.

Join me in prayer:

Lord,
I want so hard to keep those voices out of my head that tell me I’m not smart enough, good enough, strong enough, Christian enough, but sometimes it’s really hard. Help me Father to truly understand that You created me to be special, to shine light for you, to be true to myself. Help me see that when I compare myself to others I’m saying that You didn’t do a good enough job creating me.
Thank You so very much for life, thank you for each and every reader. Bless them with the knowledge to see how unique and lovely they are, and how very much You love them.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Amen

Salina  

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19 comments on “I’m not good enough”

  1. Rachael Reply

    That admonishment is always a needed reminder! When those voices ring louder than the Lord's we really lose sight of who we are in Him. Thank you and blessing to you this weekend! Love, Rachael

  2. Being Woven Reply

    Oh Precious Salina, this message, your prayer is so much what I needed and wanted to hear…again! But today it is fresh. I need a fresh start on just this aspect of who I am. Tears welled up as I prayed with you and I knew that God sent me here for more than to link up with Heart Reflected. This sentence touched me so: "Help me see that when I compare myself to others I'm saying that You didn't do a good enough job creating me." He did do a good enough job and it is only me, myself, and I that get in the way of who I am. Thank you for being yourself, Salina, for your words today are just right, the right ones for me and I am sure others who play that comparison game. You are loved and I am…Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  3. Joan Davis Reply

    Uh oh…Now I've been "triple dog dared"!!! I do tend to hold myself back from fully serving in the way I think I'm supposed to be because I think things like, "I don't know enough" or "I don't have enough education". But, I know I shouldn't beat myself up. I need to remember that God doesn't necessarily call the equipped, but He ALWAYS equips the called!Blessings, Joan

  4. stgibson19 Reply

    Linda, your comment has really blessed me today. I appreciate you letting me know that. I know I definitely needed these same words spoken into my life too. <3

  5. stgibson19 Reply

    Yep, triple dog dared so you better straighten up! :)Thanks Joan, that quote "did not call the equipped, but equips the called" is one of my favorites.

  6. Mary Gemmill Reply

    your post hit close to the bone 😉 I differ in only one regard- after many years if immersing myself in the Word, I know that I am good enough to do the work God created for me to do- and I believe that that is up to Him, anyway! He promises to equip us for very good work, and I believe I am equipped to do what He designed me to do. The voice that causes me to falter is the voice of the accusor; he uses members of my family to constantly reinforce the story that I am not good enough, that I fall short, that I am not acceptable because I am not perfect. The battlefield of the mind is very real, isn't it? And it's hard NOT to believe what family reoeat to me over and over, week by week, for over 60 years, BUT GOD. It is only through His unconditional love, mercy, grace, peace and acceptance, that I am still here, committed to my calling from Him. Oh, how I love Him, and the family of God the world over, where much godly encouragement is to be found, as in blogs like yours.

  7. stgibson19 Reply

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply Mary. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me that. I too enjoy the encouragement from other blogs. Blessings.

  8. Ann Pop Reply

    Negative self-talk and thinking have devastating effects on those who practice it. That type of thinking is straight from the devil himself. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives, we have no hope of fighting this off. That's why it's SO important to have a ongoing relationship with the Lord and seek to walk in the Spirit. Thanks for sharing and hosting your link-up party, Salina!Blessings, Ann @ Christ in the Cloudshttp://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

  9. sharon ordor Reply

    This was amazing!!! Do check out my blog at innerbeauty1510.blogspot.com whenever you can. Peace and love dear. God bless you 🙂

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