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)
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.