This blog is to the girl who was told she isn’t good enough,
the girl who was rejected by a job/opportunity,
the girl who was dumped by her boyfriend,
the girl who was picked last,
the girl who listened to the mean girls,
the girl who let others state her value.
I understand. I’ve been there. I know that it rarely comes in plain words; this venom is dressed in the form of rejection.
When we are rejected, it’s easy to let that reach our core. It’s easy to forget any context, circumstance, or other people in order to just blame ourselves. I’ve spent the past year struggling with the imbalance of who I was in Christ and who other people were trying to tell me I was.
I didn’t tell my friends who reflect Christ so beautifully that I was feeling this way. I didn’t give them the chance to fill me with Truth, but instead soaked in the rejection until the negativity was affecting almost every aspect of my life. I had felt the need to put on a mask around everyone; I didn’t want them to know that I was becoming someone who was nothing like the encouraging, community living, intentional friendship-seeking person I was when I returned from Guatemala.
It was so easy to take those circumstances as meaning that I wasn’t
- smart enough
- pretty enough
- athletic enough
- funny enough
- outdoorsy enough
- [insert a myriad of other adjectives here] enough.
Girls, if you have believed those things, it doesn’t matter if it was because of rejection or direct words, I’m here to tell you that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Sometimes.
Sometimes? Yes, sometimes.
Because the truth of the matter is, we’re never enough in our own power. We could never be enough to get into heaven on our own, to receive grace on our own, to change our lives on our own, to even have life on our own.
The reason that you are more than enough is because you are
- formed by the Creator of the universe (Psalm 139:13-14, Genesis 1:27)
- the daughter of a Heavenly Father (Galatians 3:26-27, John 1:12-13)
- loved by the King of all Kings (Isaiah 49:16, Romans 8:38-39)
- a friend of the Savior of the world (John 15:13-15)
- a role in the story written by a sovereign God (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28)
- a soul worth saving on the cross (Romans 5:6-8, Ephesians 2:1-10)
I encourage you to take a moment to read those linked Bible verses. Meditate on them. Let them sink in. Soak in so much of the Father’s love that the other feelings are pushed away.
I’ve spent this past summer really focusing on my identity in Christ, while also being intentional with the friends in my life. It is incredible how much God has already done during the few weeks I’ve been back in Auburn!
If you’re the girl who was told she isn’t good enough, now you know that you’re more than enough, not because of who you are, but because of who Christ is in you, because of the plans He has for you, because of the specific gifts and characteristics He has given you.
And no one can tell you that’s not enough.