The I AM says I am enough!
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26)
Being a petite kid, I always felt like I didn’t measure up…literally. I cannot explain the amount of times I stood back to back with someone in a height challenge and came up short. Combine that with the incessant teasing from people calling me inappropriate words like midget and dwarf, with the song from 1977 entitled Short People with lyrics like, “I don’t want no short people ‘round here”, one might say that I had a bit of a complex about my height, or lack thereof. I definitely believed that I was too short to measure up. The good news is that as I grew into a young woman I began to worry less and less about my height. The bad news is that the measuring had only just begun.
Whether we are keeping up with the Joneses or the Kardashians, it seems that we live in a world of measuring sticks. We are continually comparing ourselves to others and assessing who has the best, most, newest, biggest, shiniest, etc. Society has programmed us to think that we can be superwomen. We are expected to be June Cleaver, (Super mom from the 50s TV show, Leave it to Beaver), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), and Mother Teresa (Saint) all rolled in to one. And all these expectations and comparisons leave most of us feeling like we are not enough. And the truth is…we aren’t! No matter how many podcasts we listen to or motivational memes we read that try to convince us otherwise we simply aren’t enough on our own accord.
Ladies, it is time for us to put down our rulers and pick up His word. It is in the truth of these pages that we find that we can never perform our way to being enough. There will always be people who can accomplish more than us. And that’s okay…God doesn’t gauge our worth based on our performance or how our execution of tasks rates in contrast to others. We weren’t created for the purpose of racking up accomplishments, we were created for the purpose of having a relationship with Him. Because of Christ in us, we aren’t judged by the failures or success of this world but by what is in our hearts. “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
The fact is that we will never measure up in all of the different roles we play in this world. But God’s word assures us two things with certainty: 1 - By ourselves, we are not enough. 2 - In Him, however, we are more than enough. He is all that we need! So today, when the lies of the world seep in telling you that you’re inadequate, remember His promises to you in His word and claim, “I am enough…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 16:5; Psalm 20:7; Psalm 73:25-26; Jeremiah 9:23-24
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen