One of the biggest lies I fall prey to is the lie that “I am not enough”. Some of it stems from years of negative messages, trying to live up to an impossible standard, trying to keep everyone happy and conflict at bay. Other times I get caught in the comparison trap. And some days it comes from exhaustion and feeling as though I have nothing else to give.
The truth is we are made to influence-to live in relationships with others, called to the ministry of reconciliation. God wants to partner with us to influence-to help others enter into a right relationship with Him. He wants us to experience His fullness. But too often we are like a water bottle. We look great, we go to church, we study our bible, we show up and do the work and then we make sure the lid is screwed on tight. We want to keep it all safe, we want to stay in control. The problem is when we put the lid on, when we bottle up the knowledge, the lessons, the whispers of hope, we limit what God can do in us and through us. We are full and over time we stagnate. The full life, the abundant life only comes when we understand that we have to pour out His truth, allow His spirit working in us and through us to spill over- as we pour out, lead with truth, lead from our core His is able to continuously fill us-it never ends. Just as with the water bottle. If you take the lid off and then slowly pour more water into the bottle, the water already in the bottle gently flows out.
The TRUTH. The TRUTH is that I am enough, only when I am continuously being filled and continuously giving. I am only giving when I am in relationship, pouring into others and allowing them to pour into me.
You are enough. You are enough because you are His and He longs to fill you and to empower you to pour out into others. Be brave. Be strong. Be faithful. Be gracious. Above all remember He is sufficient and because of that YOU ARE ENOUGH.