In fact you are more than enough.
When it comes to how you were made, and your capabilities to get through the day, you are enough. No matter what your day looks like, you can do it. Moms, sisters, daughters, doctors, teachers, business women, trash women, mail ladies, and dog walkers alike: you can do it. You are enough and have enough to make it happen, whatever it may be.
You were made on purpose and thoughtfully created.
You are smart.
You are creative.
You are empathetic.
You are thoughtful.
You are kind.
You are strong.
You are graceful.
You are beautiful.
You are all of these and so so much more.
BUT, you are not perfect.
Friends, enough does NOT equal perfection. We’ve got to kick this lie to the curb.
I see so many people who are just amazing thinking they are not “enough” because they can’t do it ALL. The fact is: we make mistakes, get angry, forget the kid’s science project on the kitchen table that we worked 1500 hours on, we say the wrong thing at the wrong time, we do the opposite of what our gut tells us, and we will continue to do things like this. AND it’s OKAY. I don’t know about you, but I will beat myself up over the smallest things. I forgot marshmallows on the counter for one of my centers when I was teaching. I nearly had a panic attack, and snapped at my husband that “he just didn’t understand!”- OVER MARSHMALLOWS!
We’ve got to accept that we’re not going to get it right all the time, not even close. Just because you forget or mess up or whatever, does not mean that you are not enough. If you’re out there trying your best, that is what matters.
We all have the capability to be all of those lovely things listed above, but we are not all of them at once. I think I read this in “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker, (a hilarious and truthful read that I think I lent to someone or else I would’ve checked. Ps. whoever has my book, i’d like it back) but unfortunately we create this super woman in our heads as we scroll. We scroll past the chef, the workout junkie, the crafty mom, the boss lady, and the travel gal and create this made up person in our mind who has all of those qualities. We assume we are not enough if we are lacking in the food, travel, craft, money or health department. We want a little of everything. But, we simply can’t do all of the things, all the time.
What’s cool about all of this is that on my best day, knowing I still fall short, I am okay. I am okay because it really doesn’t matter that i’m not perfect. What matters is that I know who is perfect, and I’m known by him.
How wonderful is it we were given the gift of the person who is perfect? We have an example to follow, we have a person who completes us and perfects us. We can lean on him when our days our seeming less than enough.
He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness.
1 Peter 2:22-24
So it’s okay that you’re not perfect. You can follow and lean in to the one who is.
You are enough. You are so enough that God thought creating you was worth it. You are imperfect enough that God sent his only son to be perfect for you in your place.