You Are Good Enough
Struggling to believe, I have re-read the line written by God in The Promise, “You are good enough,” hoping it will sink in and take hold. For isn’t that the question we have all struggled with?
Am I good enough to make the team? Am I good enough to hang out with these people? Am I good enough to get the job? Am I good enough to be a parent? Am I good enough to write something that anyone would want to read?
It has only been on special occasions that I have stood tall and empowered wearing shoes labeled good enough. For the most part, my life has been spent in comfortable, practical shoes that reflect the attitude that I just don’t quite measure up to expectations. But, that was because I was letting my ego pick out the shoes. When God finally wrestles his way past my own insecurities into my daily existence and convinces me to try on His shoes, everything changes.
In God’s shoes, I am more than good enough. I am great in “look at me coming world, I am out to conquer you” red, sparkly combat boots. These boots have taken me over the river of regrets and through the fields of mud-covered “I cants’” and past the personal conversations that convinced me of my unworthiness. And for a little while, like when you get dressed in your finest using all of the cosmetics in your make-up bag and hairspray as well and you know, because people tell you, that you look amazing and maybe even ten years younger, you believe you are that person. Then, as the hair gets combed out and the make-up is removed and the dress is put to the back of the closet once again, you slowly lose the magic and wonder who you were trying to kid.
So the question becomes, why not just keep the red, sparkly combat boots on?
The answer is simple. I just didn’t feel worthy.
God gives me a gift every day. He lays out those boots for me, unlaced, tongue-opened, and all I have to do is step in. Yet, I often look past them to the back of the shelf for the comfortable, practical shoes. I choose not to be good enough, God doesn’t. Every day he patiently reminds me and I just chose not to believe.
What would my life be like if every day I started the day ready to conquer the world knowing that regardless of what life may throw at me, what comment might be made, what barrier could come up, I am ready because God made me more than good enough? It would be heaven. And it is offered to all of us because He made us all good enough. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10(NLT)
So, today I made myself a little note that is now pinned to the board at my desk, tucked neatly between St. Theresa’s prayer and the calendar.
You are God’s masterpiece. Of course you are good enough! In fact…you are great!
It is a reminder that every day is a red, sparkly combat boot kind of day.
And my comfortable, practical shoes? Well, they just don’t fit me anymore.