YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Have you ever felt like you aren't enough? Or that you're somehow "less than"? Like maybe you're missing something?
In my experience, most women have felt this way at least once in their lives. The lies we believe range from "I'm not pretty enough" to "I'm not funny enough" or "I'm not friendly enough", "I'm not smart enough", "I'm not confident enough". But if we remove the adjective in the middle, what we're really saying is "I'm not enough". I need to be more "insert chosen word here" to fit in or measure up or feel good about myself.
Now, don't get me wrong, I wish you were reading this and feeling completely unable to relate. But my heart is saddened to know that you probably find this feeling, and these words, all too familiar.
How do I know this? Well, this has been Woman's struggle pretty much since time began, or at least since sin entered the world.
Let me explain what I mean...
Take a moment to picture this scene. God: majestic, all-powerful, divinely beautiful, creator God, speaks into the darkness and light comes bursting forth. This brilliant light illuminates the earth as the seas, skies, plants and animals are spoken into being in an instant. By his breath, the skies are filled with stars too numerous to be counted. This powerful, star breathing God, chooses not just to speak man into being but to make man's being. There's a change in pace as God chooses to take His time, to intricately fashion each part of man. I like to imagine that His powerful and commanding voice became instantly more gentle and tender. I can almost hear the difference as the thunderous "let there be" becomes more gentle and Father, Son and Holy Spirit say softly to one another "let us make man in our image." And as if that weren't enough, God then chose to fill man's lungs with the very same breath that formed the stars. Adam and Eve, and all human beings after them are the pinnacles of creation. Made in God's very image: made to be like Him.
So there's a painful irony in what the serpent offers Eve as he tempts her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He's tempting her with the chance to "be just like God" (Genesis 3:5).
Do you see it? Can you see what's so twisted about the serpent's words?
Being like God was already Eve's calling, it's who she was created to be. And yet the serpent tempts her to become more like God, without God.
In an instant, Eve gives in to the lie that she isn't enough - that she needs to be more. She somehow believes that this powerful, star breathing God, who took the time to fashion her into His very likeness, left something out when He created her. In her desire to be different, her heart questions God's creativity in making her who she is.
Now before you go judging Eve for her poor decisions - I wonder how many times you've questioned God in this very same way? I know I have. More times than I'd care to admit I've caught myself thinking things like "I wish I had her style" or "if only I had perfect teeth like her" or "God why didn't you give me more charisma?" I wonder if you can relate? How many of us find ourselves wondering if God missed something when He made us? How easy it is to forget that He knit us together in our mother's womb and that we're fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139).
So, friends, the next time the enemy tempts you with the lie that you are not enough - remember who you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in God's very image. Handcrafted. Thoughtfully designed. Made with specific skills and abilities that will enable you to fulfil His purposes for your life. If He wanted you to have different hair, He'd have given it to you. If you were meant to have style like hers, you'd have it. If you needed more charm or wit to accomplish His dreams for you then guess what? These things would be yours. If you were meant to be taller or smaller or a different shape then you'd be those things. God made you in His image, He created you to reflect Him to the world, and you have everything you need to do it in a way that only you can. And that, my friends, is more than enough. You are not lacking. He didn't leave something out.
You are enough.