“Not Good Enough“
What if what I’ve been “looking for” - “waiting on God for” - “thinking I need“ has really been right here in front of me - already placed right here, within my own two hands all this time? What if what I’ve been seeking, looking for, is just right here before me right here within the grasp of my own fingers? And what if I just need to see it, as YOU see it, Father? Yes! What if what I am putting my hands to—right now is exactly and so simply what I am to be doing? The “missing piece” to “this mystery” that I’ve been so desperately “trying to solve.”
And what if I been too preoccupied with my eyes, too ungrateful to be able to clearly see? And what if “comparison” has led me to look everywhere around me except for right here, at what I have been given?
What if the enemy would like me to lay it down - throw it away - toss it aside – because “What I do does not feel not ‘good enough’, God, don’t I need to be more like ‘them’? Oh, if only I were more like ‘them.” “Wouldn’t You be more pleased with me, God, if I were more like ‘them‘?”
But what if the thing that God has placed before me to do is more than plenty “good enough?”
What if not only is it “plenty good enough,” but what if it’s “extremely important” to God that I do what He’s placed before me to do? And what if, I stop looking through the lens of “comparison.” What if, I throw it to the ground and crush that lens and I choose to become grateful for the role He has given me?
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
And what if I remember that it’s not in how “big” or “small,” “significant” or “insignificant,“
“seen” or seemingly “unseen,” - it’s in what He chooses to do, and how He chooses to work in and through obedience and in using what He puts in my hands to do.
“The LORD will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.” Psalm 138:8
Am I too busy, looking around ungratefully to see “my assignments” - what He has given me to be, and to do? But what if I continue to walk the path that He has set before me and I set my heart to what He has put into my hands to do and to be exactly who He has created me to be.
What if, I posture myself before Him and I “be” who He has called me to “be?“
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
Yes, Lord. I see it now. It doesn’t have to be so complicated or confusing, does it? Thank You for these reminders, Father. Sometimes I lose sight, sometimes I lose focus. But You are so faithful to help me to see. And sometimes, You have to show me the things, that I need to see, that I don’t want to see in me… but You do it so that I can begin to see the truth, to see more clearly—from Your eternal perspective.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”—Ephesians 4:10
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“—2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”—Philippians 4:11
Grace Connection Contributors: Joe & Dawn Barrett, Heather Barr, Megan Shuford & Haley Rowland