“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Some days I wake up asking myself, “Am I enough”? I am an emotional person, often I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Those who love me most say they can see all to be seen, looking into my eyes. No matter if it be love, happiness, sorrow or struggle.
I believe love is what God gave us, to help us to make the world right again. I believe goodness radiates from a person, from their heart outward. I believe it is visible in all they do. It is a part of them, like breathing in and out comes naturally. I believe it is love that will save us from the challenges we have created in the world. Love will conquer darkness, by consuming it with light.
There are days I struggle like today…… I find myself facing challenges of loss, difficulty knowing whether I am choosing the right directions, pleading for the answers, asking if I am doing enough for all I come across. Is my heart enough?
I am asking myself, Do the things I do daily help me to know I am enough? Am I doing enough for my daughter and her struggle in Math? Is tutoring and speaking to the teacher enough? Am I being enough to a very dear friend struggling with health matters? Am I being there in the best ways needed? Am I showing my loved ones they are most important to me? Do I make enough effort, as often as I should, so they know without a doubt of their value to me? Am I being the wife God intends a woman to be for her husband? Am I doing enough to support him and quiet any thoughts of his own struggles or are my actions of love enough to bring him comfort and peace? Am I loving him the way HE needs me to show my love for him? Am I being a good servant and fulfilling my duties as a Christian? These are important questions for me.
I cannot possibly be the only one struggling with these kinds of questions. So I felt it laid upon me to share this message this morning. As I went to my bible this morning looking for an answer to quiet my mental static, I found the verse John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” This verse brought me comfort. It says to me that if I just listen, he has told me, if I come to him with all my worries and troubles with a true heart, I will find the peace I desire so badly, It says to me that I will most definitely face trouble and worries in our world, but trusting in him and following the path HE has laid out for me, will overcome all of those worries and troubles.
I went on to find this, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” It reminded me that I need to trust in him and not let all this chatter in my head, not all these doubts or insecurities, not MY UNDERSTANDING of life or what should be, become louder that what it is that is what HE intended for me, if I just trust in him and what he lays on my heart he will make my path right!
The message that I am receiving this morning is, I AM ENOUGH. I must trust that in listening to the gentle reminders God gives me, with all the things he places in my path, there is a reason. He only gives us what we can handle. He places us in the situations we are in at times, because it is EXACTLY where we need to be, sometimes not for ourselves, but simply for the others around us. Maybe YOU are that special person needed to give someone feeling hopeless the small glimmer of light to find their way back. Maybe you are an answer to someone else’s prayer. Maybe your kindness saved someones life today and you don’t and will not ever know it. God knows. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows the need. I am listening this morning…. I hear him telling me to trust in him, do not rely on the static in my head to tell me, I AM ENOUGH. For what matters is HE has made me enough.
I am quite aware not everyone believes, not everyone has faith. My heart goes out to those people. I myself, was someone who doubted him, who didn’t believe. In my chaos and desperation, in my struggle of being lost with no direction, I cried out to him and he showed me. I am so glad that I chose to reach out, to ask for his help and his mercy rather than continue being lost and trapped in the darkness, unsure of who I am.
The things I do, I will do with love in my heart. I will continue to pray for guidance not only for myself, but for others around me. I will continue to ask him to use me as his tool, to assist him in lighting a path for others to follow, to find love and light in their hearts, to quiet the noise in their mind telling them they may not be enough, or they that they are not good enough. God places us in the lives of those who need us, if we listen to him he will lead us in every way needed. God created us all with love inside of us, I believe we just have to trust in him to find it. YOU ARE ENOUGH!