I am enough, you are enough! That is the message that keeps rolling around in my mind as I approach my 38th year of life. I am discovering that I am very hard on myself, however the creator of the universe believes in me. He thinks I am more than enough, He thinks I am more than capable of having an abundant life despite my fears. Can you let that sink in a bit. The creator of the universe chose you, YOU!
I have really been getting in my own head a bit lately, it annoys me about myself. I doubt things when problems arise, I feel like I’m not capable of what this life is asking of me. I am realizing that is not self help talk, that is not from God. I knew that previously, I simply let it slip my mind. Do you ever do that, know something so sure but then in the hurriedness and busyness of life it’s as though it is a new thought? I find myself constantly reminding myself that I am chosen by God for a distinct purpose. Some day’s are more meaningful than others, some days I’m just getting by, I’m very self-centered thinking I deserve. Deserve, some peace and quiet, some love and affection, I could go on and on.
The truth I am reminded though is this, I don’t deserve anything. As a child of God, the world deserves my best. My family deserves to be served by me, the life of a believer is based on what we give not what we receive. I love giving, somehow in the midst of the busy I have let that slip by. I do it half heartedly at times, I speak it and preach it to my kids however I have been slacking myself. I often feel that still small nudge of the Holy Spirit and then I think, not me, not now. I need to step out of my comfort zone and do what? How could I be so selfish to rob some sweet child of God from a blessing that He has in store for them? It’s simply not my call, it is His.
Who is the Holy Spirit anyway? I used to keep quiet about who He was, that there is some weird spirit looming around on my behalf. I thought it was too deep of a conversation, that it could turn people off. However, it is really simple. The Holy Spirit is a gift to us, I am starting to realize that it is that sweet nudge in my spirit that spurs me on toward good things. God sent His son Jesus to earth, He had a purpose, it was fulfilled and then the Holy Spirit was sent to work on our behalf. Not criticizing, not a negative voice in our ear, an encouraging word, a guide to help us along. I’ll give you a small example, of how He manifested in my life yesterday. Our friend came over, I have recently been beating myself up a bit because He is about to have some tests run this week that could determine a lot about his future, cancer in his lungs or not? I have not been able to pull myself together enough to simply pray for him because I’m concerned he may be turned off by the thought of me doing that. I know he has some belief in God, but I’m not sure at all what that entails. So, as he is off talking to Allen in the other room, I am beginning to realize that today is my perfect opportunity. At first I say no, then I just begin to pray silently while I’m carrying along with what I am doing. When the opportunity presents itself, I just simply say it, I ask him if I can pray for him and it opens a wonderful conversation up. Why was I scared? Why was I scared to share Jesus, I love Jesus, He loves me and sometimes I let fear run me. That is what it boils down to, fear, if we begin to let it in, it tries to take over. Life with Jesus runs fear off, the bible says in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
God is love. Simply stated, all of the fear and anxiety that life presents is not from God. Those are thoughts that we should never entertain, when we do it’s as though we stop believing that God is all powerful. We begin to give into fear and turn away from God, its as though we can’t do both. We can’t love God wholeheartedly and be afraid, Gods love is perfect and it drives fear out. I want to encourage you today, to listen to the still small voice inside of you, let the Holy Spirit change your life. Let Him do His job and advocate on your behalf.
let faith win. let God win. start living and giving of your life and stop holding your hand out. tis better to give than receive.
I read in “The Broken Way” last night that God gives and gives to us, He ultimately gave us His son. We are to model the life of Christ and GIVE.
Give our love, our time, our talents because we are enough! Be the light in a broken world, yes one person can make a great difference. Believe it!
You are enough.