Monday, February 11, 2013

When You Feel Like You Don't Have What It Takes

I often doubt I have what it takes to make in this world.

Do you have moments like this when you feel inadequate?  Or that you don't have what it takes to make be the best spiritual leader in your home?  Or like you got in the wrong line when God was passing out talents?  

These kinds of doubts just don't do much for me and my confidence level.  And if I am honest with's sends me into "I just want to give up" mode.  There are days when all of these crazy words and posts are swirling in my head....pent up...with no where to go, and no purpose to write them, so I think.

All these feelings are bumping into some hard, sore places in my heart.

Do you ever wonder why it seems some people are so gifted, and then you realize are so not so much?  Where do these feelings of inadequacy come from?

Today I learned that feelings of inadequacies come from unfair criticism, unrealistic compliments and unwise comparisons.  My pastor taught me that.  

When you feel like you don't have what it takes to make it, you're right.  
What it takes is your heart to surrender to God's view of you.  

God's view of you is different than your view of you.
God has given you more than you think to accomplish more than you think.
It's less about you more about God.  It's less about you, MORE about God.  Repeat.

Don't insult God by saying you don't have what it takes.  God has what it takes to work wonders through you.

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)

If we believe we are made in God's image, and that he makes all things new, then how can we call ourselves unworthy or inadequate if God is living on the inside of us?  God is not inadequate and when we find our identity in Him, we will never be inadequate.

For me this was a hard truth that was drilled into my soul today, as tears streaked down my cheeks.  I am God's masterpiece.  This is truth.  So are you.

It doesn't matter that you feel it or not.  Truth is truth.  This is not a feel good message, this is a life-changing message.  If my identity is written by the author of Life, then I am a masterpiece.  Don't let the feelings of inadequacy, or failure, or doubt tell you that you are not valuable or that you don't have a place in God's heart.

You have what it takes if you are a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ.  You have the where-with-all to do the "whatever" that is gnawing on your heart right now.  The "thing" you only dream about but can't say...You have what it takes because God has all it takes.

God will consistently, and lovingly, guide you to the exact place he needs you to be right now, so that He can write His story of beauty in you.  So that He can bring beauty from your pain.  So that He can craft comfort in you to share with others.

Yes, you ....yes, me...

You have in you what God wants for you want what God wants?

You don't need enough faith to finish, only to start.  God wants to perfect your faith by writing His  beauty on your heart.  

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."  2 Peter 1:3

By His divine power...he has given us our worth. 
He has given you everything you need....
All we need for this life.
Not just to have what it takes, but...
to be holy and godly.
By knowing God...he calls us.
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.  
And it's by God's name are we called...  
God's glory and goodness. 

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