You are Enough

It’s an epidemic, really. There’s never enough.

Never enough money.

Never enough time.

Never enough energy, space, food, love… Pick one.

In our daily lives, we are constantly bombarded with more, more, MORE! It’s never enough. We have conditioned ourselves to be unsatisfied and always longing for more. And in doing so, we are also in danger of turning our dissatisfaction inward and thinking, “I am not enough.”

There are probably a million reasons why we feel we are not enough; we are less than.

There’s always more to do, more to say, more to accomplish. More than is humanly possible. And so, when it isn’t accomplished we are left with our own notion that there is something inherently wrong with us. That we are not enough.

This is an especially poignant concept this time of year, when we saddle ourselves with extra burdens and impossible intentions. Unfortunately, the Christmas season has become a springboard for feelings of inadequacy.

But you know what? It’s all a lie.

Jesus declares to us that his power is made PERFECT in our weakness.

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)

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I don’t know about you, but all this striving to be perfect has me thinking: what if we gave ourselves permission to just BE this Christmas? Let a few things go, be late for (or even miss) an event, not buy a new outfit when we can’t afford it, maybe even skip baking those perfect cookies in favor of a walk with a friend or a stroll hand in hand with a child. What would happen?

If  I’m reading it right, the worst that could happen when I allow myself to show weakness… to be enough, is PERFECTION. “…My power is made perfect in weakness.” Let your mind roll that around for a bit. In our need to be perfect and not show weakness, are we keeping ourselves from the perfectly powerful life He longs to give to us?

Perfect power from my weakness? I could live with that.

So let me ask you this, what permission do you need to give yourself in order to embrace your worthiness? His GRACE is sufficient for you.

You are ENOUGH.

 

 

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Present over Perfect

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Christmas is less than a week away. Are you ready?

I hear this almost daily. And the truth is, I’m not ready. Gifts are not all purchased, cards are not addressed, and cookies are not baked.

And I’m okay with that.

It’s been coming on for a while, I suppose. At Thanksgiving, I amazed myself by using disposable plates so we would have more family time instead of doing dishes. Nikki had just returned the night before from 11 months of ministry on The World Race & I didn’t want to miss a minute with her. The difference did not go unnoticed. We ALL were relaxed and enjoying each other’s company. I chose to be present with the family over having a perfect table. Present over perfect.

As the days fly by, choose to be present over perfect this holiday season. For some of us, that is extra difficult. We want to appear perfect at this festive time – the perfectly trimmed tree, beautiful greeting cards and lovely decorations…. when in reality, that often just produces days filled with empty busy-ness and neglected families.

We are so caught up in the appearance of a happy holiday, we forget what it means to be present.

We believe the lies that

1) EVERYTHING is important. (Truth: You get to dictate what’s important.)

2) My possessions are adding value. (Truth: most likely, your possessions weigh you down.)

3) If I’m busy, I’m important. (Truth: If you’re busy, you’re making yourself unavailable.)

4) Achievements will bring me fulfillment. (Truth: God has already spoken fulfillment over you.)

5) I don’t have a choice. (Truth: It’s OK to say NO.)

6) I am needed. (Truth: The situation will be just fine without you.)

7) Quietness is laziness. (Truth: Quietness is necessary.)

Yes, Christmas is 4 days away. And I’m not ready.

As I write this, I’m sitting with a loved one in the hospital. Present over perfect.

My Christmas cards will most likely be mailed on December 26th (or later), because I want to enjoy my family to the fullest. Present over perfect.

Not a single gift is wrapped and under the tree. This will surely be a gift card year. Present over perfect.

Let go of your need to be perfect & see how it frees you. You may cringe a little (I know I have), but you will not regret being Present over appearing Perfect.

And it will be okay.

(7 lies introduced by Joshua Becker of the Becoming Minimalist blog, as told to me by an attendee of Storyline Conference 2014 Chicago)

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