Post by: Katie M. Reid
What is good enough?
If I greet him with a passionate kiss at the door and have the house picked up and dinner waiting on the table?
If I sit on the floor and play Legos with them or throw the football across the living room to him or listen to her talk and talk?
How much is good enough?
If you have an hour with God first thing in the morning or a time of intense study—marking key words, looking up the Greek, and understanding the chapter’s context?
If you spend an extended time of quiet listening, waiting for His instructions or pouring your heart out in prayer, until there is nothing left unsaid?
And while these are good things, in actuality, I think I’m approaching this all wrong- asking the wrong questions.
Do I just want to “do” so that I am approved?
Do I drive and strive in an effort to make the grade, to pass the course, to get attention, accolades, and shiny gold stars?
Who is really good enough?
I definitely am not!
I fall short. I flounder in my motivation and devotion. I lack. I leave others wanting by falling short of perfection.
Yet, He is good enough. More than enough.
I struggle to believe that I do not have to be perfect, or even good enough.
Do you wrestle with the truth, that in all our striving, in all our doing, in spite of all our creative and determined endeavors, it is not enough?
It’s not enough to save us.
It’s not enough to earn favor and right standing with the Lord.
Without Jesus, we are not enough.
I can hear the strong and self-sufficient ones arguing, “But I am capable and confident. Surely my works are enough to stay in His good graces!” “Surely I am enough for Him. I work so hard!”
But His grace isn’t earned. And apart from Him we have no good thing.
We don’t have to beg, plead, demand or steal to turn His gaze toward us. We are only required to make a choice: to believe and receive Him, or not.
- Believe that He is Savior (The Forgiveness for our sins).
- Receive His Sufficiency (The Enough for our lack).
- Enjoy His Love (The Hope for our limitations).
In Him, with Him, through Him, we can truly live the abundant life and rest secure.
He says, “enough” to our try-hard souls—stamps it over our tired bodies, places His seal over our frayed selves.
He says that we are enough because He gave all by loving enough…so much more than enough.
We believe that Jesus is who He says He is (see John 1):
The True Light
The Lamb of God
God’s Chosen One
King of Israel
Son of God
Son of Man
He is all in all, sufficient, perfect, holy, the beginning and the end.
Thank You Jesus that we can lay down this “good enough” question and relinquish its power over us because You answered this “good enough” question once and for all, on the cross. Thank You for reigning in love over us. Thank You that we can sit down on the inside* because You have finished the work. Amen.
-Do you struggle with a “not good enough” mentality too?
-In what ways have you found victory in this area?
*I first heard this idea of “sit down on the inside” via Emily P. Freeman’s book, Grace for the Good Girl.
Katie M. Reid is a writer and speaker who encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life. She inspires women and youth to embrace their identity in Christ and live out their God-given purpose. Katie delights in her hubby, five children, and their life in ministry. Cut-to-the-chase conversation over hot or iced tea is one of her favorite things.
Connect with Katie at katiemreid.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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I’ve had an ‘I’m not good enough’ mentality for many many years. Whilst I’m almost free from it now, there are still remnants of perfectionism and self criticism. This was so helpful. Meditating on scripture was the only thing that helped. Many thanks