3 Truths You Must Know: You Are Good Enough. You Are Not A Mistake. You Have Purpose.

By: Gail Armatys

No matter what you may think or what others may tell you, you are sacred in God’s eyes. You are good enough. You are not a mistake. You have purpose.

You are good enough. You are not a mistake.  You have purpose.

You Are Good Enough

For much of my young life I felt as though I didn’t belong…didn’t fit in. Mostly because my comparisons caused me to think I wasn’t smart enough…pretty enough…talented enough…you know…just not good enough. Through God’s amazing grace, I came to know and believe that no matter my weaknesses, failures, and disappointments I will always belong and be loved.

“You belong” and “You are good enough,” are not just messages I needed to hear and believe, they are words of truth for young and old alike – a message dear to God’s heart.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name;

You are mine.

Is. 43:1b

…you are precious and honored in my sight…

I love you.

Is. 43:4

We are led to believe by the world, it’s demons, and our ‘self’ that worth comes from applause, money, success, popularity, IQ, outward beauty and talent. If you’ve ever lacked in any of these areas, I hope you’ve come to know the truth…your value comes from Christ.

You and me? We’re good enough because Christ loved us enough. When someone willingly takes your place to spare your life…he loves you. You, my sister, are loved.

Greater love has no one than this,

that he lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus, John 15:13

Yet, accepting our worth in Christ can be challenging. It is much more than repeating a catchy mantra or sharing a compliment. It’s not self-help, self-motivation, or even pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. Believing we are good enough is a full-on attack of faith. It saves us from:

  1. striving to be good enough through accomplishment;
  2. believing all is futile when we fail;
  3. searching for significance and acceptance in all the wrong places;
  4. succumbing to darkness that can lead to self-inflicted pain and loss of life.

You were created, claimed, and saved by God.

Believe it. Experience it as you sit in stillness wrapped in the arms of Christ.

You.  Are.  Good.  Enough. 

You Are Not A Mistake.

You were meant to be born exactly as you are. You are a unique, intentional, God-inspired design created with love. There is no one like you. It’s undeniable. Your fingerprints are yours alone. Your eyes belong to you. Your hands, feet, hair…all and only yours. You are different by design. God made you beautiful, unlike any other because He loves the idea of you! He desires the you that you are.

So why don’t you believe it? Maybe it feels safer to live undercover – secretly hiding the desire to thrive. You can’t get hurt if you aren’t known. And besides, the pain is deep.

I pray today you step out of the shadows, draw close to God and listen to the One who created you…Beautiful.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;

I have drawn you with loving kindness…

Jer. 31:3

You are intentional. God does not make mistakes. He creates beauty.

You.  Are.  Not.  A.  Mistake.

You Have Purpose

The words, “What difference do I make,” used to tumble through my mind. I couldn’t see my impact. The truth is, sometimes we don’t. And to be frank, our need to measure our contribution is more about pride than about the difference we make.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

Before you were born I set you apart;

I appointed you as a prophet.

Jer. 1:5

“I appointed you…” God spoke these words to Jeremiah, and He speaks them to you and me. He may not have set you apart as a prophet (or maybe he has), but you have been given talent to develop and gifts to share. They are not given in order that you might keep account of your impact. They are given that you may show Christ’s love to others as only you can.

You were born for a purpose. And, you were born to carry out your purpose in a specific time and place.

From one man He made every nation of men,

that they should inhabit the whole earth;

and He determined the times set for them

and the exact places where they should live.

Acts 17:26a

It is not an accident that you were born of your parents, in your town, amongst your friends and acquaintances, in your country, at a specific time on God’s timeline. He has a plan to fulfill and you have a role to play in that plan.

You.  Have.  Purpose.

So embrace your sacred worth. Be dazzled by God’s miraculous truths. Use your gifts and talents as only you can. Express the love of Christ through the opportunities given you in this time and place by the gracious hand of God.

Because the truth is…

You are good enough.  You are not a mistake.  You have purpose. 

Purpose Steps

In your time alone with God each morning this week,

  1. Thank Him that through Christ you are good enough.
  2. Thank Him for your uniqueness and beauty.
  3. Thank Him for the plans and purposes He has for your life.
  4. Ask for forgiveness for disbelief and that He strengthen your unbelief.
  5. Choose to overcome and embrace your sacred worth.

Purpose Prayer

Father, thank you for making me. Thank you for my beauty and unique design. Help me believe I belong and I am beloved so I may love others and fulfill the plan and purposes you have for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen to Your HeartSong!

Beautiful Things/Gungor

Live the song written on your heart.

The One Word I Won’t Say

By: Amy Dalke

Grace is enough

I can barely get my car settled between two yellow lines in the church parking lot before Luke tears off in a flash towards the front door. Every. single. time.

And every. single. time, I yell for him to watch for cars and that kind of thing, but it makes no difference because he’s already halfway down the sidewalk.

That never stops me from hollering, “Luke, slow down! Don’t run!” as if it’s one of the Ten Commandments. Because everyone knows “Thou shalt not run in the front yard of the church.”

One day last week as he eagerly sprinted across the pavement, I loudly proclaimed my tired words of warning once again. And when it was clear he didn’t hear (or care?), I wondered why I am so adamant that he should not run to the church.

(Because really, there are worse things.)

Should is an overused word in my personal vernacular. It’s a bad habit that I’m trying to quit, mostly because should often serves as a measuring stick on which my aim for perfection constantly falls short.

I should organize my home and my closet and my calendar because that’s what awesome people do.

I should always be happy, because God works all things out for the good, right?

I should work hard and then harder because that’s what a successful person does.

I should host a carnival instead of a birthday party because good moms who love their children go all out.

I should cut processed foods completely from our diet. (But wait…do donuts count?)

I shouldn’t allow my son to miss Sunday school for a baseball tournament.

I should never complain because…well, I should be thankful and all that.

Should sucks the air right out of me.

Ha. Once, I even marked answers on a personality assessment according to the person I thought I should be. Because, exactly. I want to be someone I’m really not.

And thus, should kept me running from who I am. Because should is the fuel of shame.

Somehow I imagined that Jesus just got me off to a good start, and I needed to work hard to keep myself in tact. Yet every time I stacked all the should’s in even rows within my soul, I had to begin all over again. Because my humanity just kept knocking boxes off the shelf.

All of life became a desperate attempt to patch over the gap between who I was and who I thought I should be with an unraveling ball of yarn. Running from my own one-of-a-kind-ness kept me stressed out and breathless, as I desperately grasped at straws I wasn’t meant to hold.

CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE JUST PRESS STOP?

By the grace of God, I’ve learned that no matter how hard I run, I cannot get away from who I uniquely am. And neither can you. We who claim to be people of grace need to live like it…believing that life is not found in trying to be someone else…or in working hard enough to be good enough.

Because we can’t do that, even though we try.

Instead of living fully into who we are, we try to be someone we are not. Instead of falling on the grace that first brought us to Christ, we try to rack up points for good behavior. We try to remove every last square inch of weakness because we believe holiness can’t bear the weight of our humanity.

But that’s not the Gospel at all! 

Our human nature does not shock the One who stamped our souls with his image as he shaped our fleshy feet to walk upon this earth. We are dirt and God knows it. But we are a dirt that’s been made holy by a grace we cannot comprehend.

We cannot outrun our humanity because we wake up to it every morning. But praise God, the dawn of each new day is ripe with fresh mercy that reminds us we can begin again.

The gap between who you are and who you want to be is a space for holy transformation.

The gap between how we live today, and who we are becoming is a holy space of transformation. It’s no longer a threadbare patch job drawn over shame. But it is a place of divine creativity where our souls are shaped by truth.

Jesus fulfilled our list of should’s, and love is the governor of our hearts.

Shame says that you are never enough. But Grace tells a different story. 

Who will you listen to today? Will you let should drag you through the mud of guilt? Or will you hear mercy ringing loudly over you with these words:

“My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Amy