You'll never be good enough.
I read those words and I can feel them in the pit of my stomach. I can feel them destroying myself as they whisper the lie over and over in my head. You're not enough.
I can almost say with complete confidence that chances are, if you're human, you've heard this lie whispered into your ear before. It can be subtle and sometimes we don't even know we're hearing it.
Sometimes we don't even know that we're believing it.
It starts with the "comparing game" that all of us play at some point in our lives. I could never get grades in school as high as what he gets. I could never get my hair to be as perfect as her or my skin to be as flawless as the faces on the magazine covers. I could never be as popular as they are because I'm different and weird. I could never have a chance like they do because I don't deserve it.
I have my own list of people I could never be like or things I could never do because I'm not good enough. I could never publish a best-selling book because I don't have what it takes. I could never sing in front of a crowd because they say I can't sing right. I could never be a famous drummer because I can't play the rhythms she can do. I could never be a good enough Christian because I fail God so many times a day.
You can hear them now, can't you? You can hear them louder in your head. The whispers, the lies about who you are. You can recognize now what you didn't before because you didn't even realize how you slowly started believing them.
But now, my friends, if you will come closer I will whisper to you what you may not have heard before.
You are enough.
You have what none of them have. You have a story to tell that has never been told before. You have a beauty that shines above the others. You have a legacy to leave that will be incomplete if you don't stand up and fulfill what God has called you to do.
And here's some more truth to drown out all those lies you've been believing...
You don't have to be enough on your own.
As a Christian, the very power and presence of God lives in you. He makes up for our inadequacies and He takes our story and does something extraordinary with it. You see, in Him and in His power, we are more than enough.
You don't have to strive every day to meet the expectations of the world until you are exhausted and left wondering why you don't measure up. You don't have to try to be better than anyone else just to feel like you are enough.
Be you. Be who God created you to be. Stand up tall and share the unique gift of who you are with the world, even if they keep telling you that you are not enough. Because you don't need to be enough for them. The King of the universe, the Maker of the world is whispering to your heart right now that you are enough for Him and in Him. Listen to His whispers now and believe them above all the lies.
You are enough.
Be who He made you to be.
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.