Have you ever judged yourself as not good enough? Always coming up short of what is expected or needed?
This is a common battle that many — including myself — have experienced. The issue of inadequacy, of not being “enough” for their loved ones, haunts our minds.
The thoughts that attack your mind sound like this:
“I’m not good enough to do ________.”
“I’m too tired to do any good.”
“I fall short in so many ways.”
“I’m a terrible parent / spouse / friend.”
The result of these damaging thoughts is a nagging feeling of inadequacy that won’t go away. The lies are rehearsed over and over, especially when you are exhausted from life.
Thoughts of inadequacy can snowball into undeserved self-condemnation.
This inner battle is best fought through knowing your identity in Christ. Let the truths of God’s Word penetrate your mind.
When you are tired beyond exhaustion from work and caring for your family, look to the Lord. He is the ultimate source of strength.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 NIV
When you are not satisfied when you look in the mirror at the extra pounds and the dark circles under your eyes, remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made to fulfill the roles. You are God’s masterpiece.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
When you begin to believe the lies of inadequacy, look to the Lord and find acceptance. Breathe in his grace.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NIV
When you are overwhelmed with life, pause and savor the words of affirmation from God.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Remember you are loved!
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
When any damaging thoughts pop into your mind, retrain your thinking to remember your worth in Christ. You are accepted and loved for the beautiful person God created you to be.
When you feel like no one else feels this way, remember God’s promise of everlasting love for YOU.
Open your heart to receive the grace of acceptance from God.