This post by Kelly Colangelo is reprinted from LifeTeen.com
I’m not good enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m not cool enough. Nobody loves me. These little voices use to mull around in my brain on a daily basis.
Am I enough?
I remember hanging out with my friends and watching how their awesomeness shined through them. This was a great witness of joy in my life, but left me constantly comparing myself to them. I remember looking in the mirror and staring at myself -something that I didn’t like and having the feeling of shame overwhelm me. I would say to myself, “no one could love me.” And at the end of a long day, just before I fell asleep, I would wonder if I measured up. Was I good enough? Am I sister enough, friend enough, youth minister enough. These three little words, “am I enough” punctured my heart.
But, somewhere along the way, I missed the point of it all.
You see, your “enoughness” has nothing to do with your grades, your friends, what kind of car you drive or how much money you have. Being enough doesn’t change over time. Being enough isn’t contingent upon anything external. Your value is not determined by what you do. It is determined by the simple fact that you are a daughter and son of the Father. You are enough. I am enough.
I’m going to share a little secret. I’m really awesome at Wii bowling, but that doesn’t define my worth or my value. It doesn’t make me enough because I’m super good at a video game. I am desired, pursued and chased after by a God who loves me regardless of my Wii bowling skills. I am accepted and beloved by a loving God and nothing with ever change that.
My heart breaks for the guys and girls who believe they are worthless, who believe they aren’t enough. Scripture speaks truth to that lie: “You are precious and honored in my sight, and… I love you” (Isaiah 43:4).