Thursday, July 11, 2019

Made Enough

Made Enough

By: Tara Smith

Hand-lettering by: London & Co./ Print available in Made Enough Shop

When things are going smoothly, we feel confident and able, like we're rowing merrily along with our ducks in a row.  Inevitably though, something happens to rock our happy boat. And when that boat is rocked, we begin to question, compare and doubt. 

We ask ourselves if we're really "enough" to handle this thing we're walking through.  We compare our journey to someone else's.  We doubt that we have an impact or that we can make the changes we need to make in order to grow.  

The common (and self-sabotaging) thread here is that in each reaction listed, the focus is on us.  And that's the tendency isn't it?  To make things personal. To victimize ourselves. To confuse our good intentions of fixing, and helping and diong good, with righteousness. 

The truth is, that no matter how good, or smart, or pretty or compassionate we are, we aren't enough.  We don't have what it takes to "handle" everything that comes our way.  We don't have it in us to will our way to Christ-like love.  Not on our own anyway.   

It is Christ in us that makes us enough.  

Genesis chapter 1 tells us He created man in His own image and He called his creation GOOD.  

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
-Genesis 1:27

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." 
-Genesis 1:31 

He made us enough from the beginning of creation, but thank the Lord He's not done with us yet.  Amen? He continues to chisel away at those reluctant sin-prone places in us, because He knows who we are and what He created us to be.  He sees in us the greatest potential.  But it was before any of that He called us good. 

Because knowing the truth does not make us exempt from experiencing temptation, we've got to have a game plan.  A plan of action for when those damaging thoughts try to creep back in.  The only way to defeat a negative thought is to replace it with a positive and truth-filled one.  

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have the diving power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." -2 Corinthians 10:3-5

When we start to question our worth in the world, we have to have sing to ourselves the truth of His word.  We are image bearers, created to bear the image of Christ in dark and broken places, starting with our own hearts.  

May you walk in the assurance that you were made enough by a God who loves you and calls you GOOD!

1 comment:

  1. This is what I will be thinking on today > "We are image bearers, created to bear the image of Christ in dark and broken places, starting with our own hearts." I can think of others as image-bearers so easily and I must remind myself of this truth regarding me. Blessings!


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