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I've noticed a trend lately. It's all over the place: pop music lyrics, Christian blogs, commercials, countless times on Pinterest.
It goes a little something like this:
You are amazing.
You are perfectly imperfect.
You are enough.
It's a mantra often touted by teenagers & those who don't quite fit in. It's also seeped over into the feminine world, as a banner of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-sufficiency.
I'm here to point out the gaping hole in that banner.
You are NOT enough. And, that's the good news. You need His grace, love, and mercy to see you through each day. You can't do it on your own.
When you surrender your life to Him, He sees you as cloaked in righteousness. But that doesn't mean you give the world the cold shoulder for not accepting you as you are.
What it means is that the broken areas, the places where your selfishness gives you trouble. You have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to change your imperfections into ways that glorify and magnify Him.
It's a road marked with discomfort and displeasure. To constantly deny the flesh is stinking tough.
Yet, admitting my weaknesses, that I am really not enough, allows me to drop my guard and stop putting so much energy into maintaining a facade.
Acknowledging that I'm not enough allows me to be more honest, more vulnerable, and more transparent. It allows me to be more fully myself. It also creates space and breathing room for others to feel free to be themselves when they are with me.
Please don't buy into the lies that you are enough. It will actually lead to more disappointment, more self-doubt, and more frustration with yourself and the world around you.
But stand firm on this - He has made you unique. He has intimately crafted you to exude awesomeness in your own way. But sometimes you get in the way of you. Allow Him in to show you what needs to change. Allow Him to sift through your baggage and remove the hate, bitterness, and resentments that so often stop you in the middle of your day.
The beauty of lacking the power to do it all on my own is that it creates room for His completion and redemption. And that is more than enough.
What area of your life do you need to accept is simply not enough?
What place is a welcome seat for the Savior to reign supreme and take care of that which you no longer can control?
Most days Keri can be found cruising in her Swagger Wagon, reading a good book, or laughing with friends over large cups of coffee. She finds great fulfillment in serving those who might not walk through the doors of a church, but still desperately need the Hope that only God can give. She also enjoys learning about God through unorthodox means, and occasionally blogs about it at Pop Parables. She also gets in touch with her creative side at BringingCraftyBack. Keri lives in the Greater Seattle area with her husband, their three boys, and 2 weiner pups.
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