If You Think You’re Not Enough, You May Be Right

If You Think You're Not Enough, You May Be Right - I am not enough

My guest bathroom is a mess. About a year ago, a little section of paint started peeling. One child (no one will admit to it) pulled at the little bubble. And pulled. And pulled. Soon, a big section of drywall with rough brush strokes of the original yellow glared at us. We scraped and peeled until forty years of paint came loose. This, combined with the ugly vanity, the cabinet door that hangs awkwardly from its hinges, and the linen closet without a door, makes our hall bathroom quite the eyesore.

The bathroom needs a facelift. I stand in the middle of the mess completely overwhelmed and uninspired. I think to myself, “I do not have the skills or the tools necessary to pull this off.” And I am mostly right. I don’t know how to refinish a cabinet or replace a faucet. I know how to paint walls, but these walls need a good bit of preparation before I add a coat of Colonial Gray. Install a closet door? No thank you.

I know it can be done. Entire channels are dedicated to the craft of home makeovers. I watched the transformation in my own home when we paid a contractor to re-do our master bath. This time, however, our budget demands a DIY approach. We have resources which include YouTube tutorials, countless trips to the home improvement store (because you never get it all on the first trip), and time. I know all of this in my head, but I can’t muster the courage to start.

My bathroom issues translate into my spiritual life. I read God’s promises, hear His call, and say to myself, “I do not have the skills or tools necessary to pull this off.” And I am mostly right. While I possess gifts, talents, and passions, unbelief holds me back from the fruit of powerful faith and full obedience.

 

My unbelief originates from the lies I believe.

 

As these lies take root, doubt begins to grow.

  • No one will read this. I am wasting my time.
  • People are tired of hearing me.
  • I will never finish my to-do list.
  • I’ve taken on too much. I can’t do it all.

 

The lies and the doubt join forces to create a monstrous level of unbelief. My faith isn’t big enough to follow God to the unknown. The primary reason my faith falters? My faith is in my ability.

The reasons I can’t are all about me–my skills, ability, discipline, power.

The truth is, I am not enough, but my Jesus is.

The truth is, I am not enough

I am rendered ineffective when I believe I have what it takes—when my eyes focus on my own abilities. Believing it is all up to me is the original lie. It worked for Eve: “you will be like God” (Gen. 3:5). She saw independence, knowledge, power. But even after eating the fruit, she wasn’t enough. Away from the Garden, separated from God, she was incomplete. “Enough” was found in total dependence on and close fellowship with God.

 

What truths can I remember in order to combat the lies that I (alone) am enough?

  • Christ is enough. (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • God is all powerful. (Eph. 1:19)
  • In Him, I am complete. (Col. 2:10)
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
  • All of God’s promises are fulfilled because of Him, not me. (Deut. 7:9)

 

We can walk in faith and obedience, but not solely our own strength and abilities. A powerful faith is a faith in our powerful God. Full obedience is possible when we rely on the strength of Christ within us.

Take on that thing in front of you that feels so overwhelming, but don’t depend on your own abilities. Turn to the resources available to you.

  • The promises found in God’s Word.
  • Direction through prayer.
  • Encouragement from God’s people.
  • The rest found in relying on His strength.

We are not enough, but Christ in us is more than enough.

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18 Comments

  1. Great post, Kelly!
    It is our pride that wants to be enough. The truth is that we have never been enough in and of ourselves.
    But He gives grace that is sufficient for us (I love 2 Cor. 19:9!) Every good and every perfect gift is from above and comes from the Father of Lights.
    When we only try that which we can do on our own, we are seeking our own glory instead of His, and He will not share His glory with another.

  2. I’m not even going to pretend that this wasn’t meant for me haha Seriously, the timing of this is so perfect and so needed for me in this season of life.

  3. There are not enough words for how much I love this. This is a message that I repeat to myself on a regular basis. I am not enough, but my God is MORE than enough. Yes, yes, and YES!!!

  4. Beautifully stated as always. I just finished “Nothing To Prove” by Jennie Allen and this post was a great follow -up.

  5. You know my heart on this topic, Kelly. I humbly lock arms with you in all of our “not enoughness” and praise our God with you for His “enoughness”.

  6. Thanks for the visit today Kelly. This is a wonderful post. Thank you for these words of inspiration. I know that doubt and discouragement are tools of the enemy. May we learn to put our trust in Jesus regardless of what He asks of us. I love your quote, Christ in us is more than enough. I will be sharing this post on my Inspiration board. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors.

  7. Kelly, thanks for this truth. We spend a fair amount of time reminding ourselves that in Christ we ARE enough to stand before God and to receive His gift of salvation . . . but for living the Christian life, we’re right back at the beginning of needing Him for every spiritual breath!

  8. By the way, Kelly, just to be clear, I think you are a great writer. I just have a similar struggle that is a strange dichotomy between the lies that say I’m not enough, etc. (I totally understand that list) and the other lie that says I should take credit for my successes when I do a good job. It’s crazy. That’s why I remind myself that every gift is from above; it addresses the lies on both sides.

    • Amen and amen! Thank you for sharing your own struggle. I am right there with you! I could write a companion post, “If you think you’re not enough, you might be wrong.” It’s a tricky dance!

  9. I can soo relate to the unfinished projects! We recently moved from a house that needed no work to a house that needs a little love. Fortunately my hubby is really good at DYI. But you need to have the money to purchase the supplies to make it all happen. (the couple that lived in our house before us was elderly… wall to wall white carpet, even in the bathrooms!! we live in the country… mud, two dogs, two kids and a hubby. the white carpet is my nemesis ): ) But we did cut our mortgage payment in half with the move so that was good. ☺ … I look at all you do and wonder how you could have negative thoughts about your ability and your calling… I am not comparing but I am sooo far from where you are. Our paths are different but I guess the struggle is the same. Have a fabulous day sweet Kelly!

    • Thanks, Tiffany. I guess no matter how much you do or how much you have, it never feels like enough. Contentment in Christ is the only guaranteed peace. Thanks for stopping by!

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