“I am enough.” “You are enough.” Has you ever heard someone say this? Have you ever read an article dealing with this subject? These words are constantly being shared on social media. They’ve been on my mind recently. Basically, “I am enough” means whatever we do, whether it turns out good or bad, will be enough. Melissa Wilkins said
“You are enough as you are, mess and all, beautiful and broken, showing up for your life every day.”
On the surface, these words actually sound very freeing and uplifting. Many times speakers use these words to encourage women to be more self-loving, self-accepting and forgiving of themselves. Women who are big into being empowered and self-reliant are big advocates for getting this message out. I think these words breed an attitude of being content exactly where we are in life and self-reliance.
But let’s think about it. Are we really enough? I don’t think we really are.
Let’s consider motherhood for an example:
As a mother is growing her new baby day after day for nine months, will she be enough?
As a mother is dealing with the pain of possibly administering shots to herself for the whole nine months to keep that baby from coming prematurely, will she be enough?
As a mother is laboring and birthing her new baby, will she be enough?
As a mother is figuring out how to nurse this new baby, will she be enough?
What if this baby is up all hours of the night due to colic, will she be enough?
Now, thinking about all of us:
Will you be enough when everyday life gets too hard?
Will you be enough when you are mentally and physically exhausted from work?
Will you be enough when you don’t know where the money is going to come from?
Will you be enough when you are single and you long to be married?
Will you be enough when you are yearning to have a child?
Will you be enough to train your children in the right direction?
Will you be enough for your husband till death do you part?
Life is hard and it will always bring unexpected turns. The fact is none of us will ever be enough in and of ourselves. BUT, when Christ is added to this phrase and is the center of this picture, everything changes. One of the first steps we need to take is to realize that we are nothing without HIm and that we are everything and more than enough in Him. Aimee Joseph from the Gospel Coalition said,
“When I admit that I am not enough, it gives me the freedom to cling to the God who is.”
I am enough with Christ and only because of Him am I enough. Grasping and fully living out this truth will allow us to stop worrying about whether we will ever be good enough for our children, our mates and ourselves. I struggle sometimes probably like many of you wondering if I’m meeting the expectations of my husband, children and people I come in contact with. We can become so overwhelmed with being a mother, being a wife, and even being a Christian when we are trying to be “enough” on our own. Christ, however, has already lived and lifted that burden from us. Listen to these verses from God’s Word:
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
All of these verses point to the fact that Christ is our strength and sufficiency and that through Him we can live an abundant life that is more than enough. When God made us, he designed us to need Him, to thirst after Him. We can only live a life that is enough through our Savior and friend, Jesus Christ.
So when life seems to be too hard; when you are sleep-deprived from a restless baby; when you can’t seem to get through to a rebellious child; when you think you’re not being a good mother; when your marriage seems to be crumbling; realize that you are nothing apart from Christ but that you are everything and more in Christ. If you let Christ live through you, He will be your strength and you will be more than enough to be a good mother, a good wife, a godly Christian and to live through life’s trials and hardships. Cling to Christ’s strength; not our own.
I would like to conclude with a song that expresses exactly what I have been trying to share:
In my weakness
By Cary Schmidt
When living life for Jesus Christ becomes too hard a task,
When obedience means sacrifice that seems too much to ask;
That’s when I learn that my own strength isn’t really strength at all,
And I find rest in humbleness when I surrender all.
In my weakness He is strong;
In my need He leads me on. When I come to the end of all I am,
And I place my trust in Him;
That’s when His strength begins -
In my weakness
When failures in my human strength have weakened all my pride,
And ruined hopes in fallen dreams have crumbled me inside;
It’s then by grace I finally see the strength of Jesus Christ,
His victory is real in me when weakness fills my life.