Have you ever felt like you’re being asked to step way outside of your comfort zone into a place where you don’t feel as confident in your capabilities as you might normally feel?
Maybe it’s your job. It could be that your responsibilities have changed and you are feeling a bit uneasy tacking the new challenges set in front of you.
Home life can feel this way, too. Marriage and children both go through new phases and stages that can leave us scratching our heads and wondering how best to love and serve these people that God has given us to spend our lives with.
It could be a friendship or a family relationship that has shifted. You might find yourself in a place where you feel a little overwhelmed by the new role you fill or the way you’re being asked to help.
Maybe it is a ministry or call to love and serve others on behalf of Jesus that causes you to doubt if you’re the man or woman for the job.
From time to time, we all find ourselves in spaces that make us wonder if we’ve got what it takes to do the slightly-scary-and-a-bit-overwhelming task that we’ve been called to.
I seem to find myself here pretty often! In all honesty, insecurity can be my kryptonite. It can stop me, if I allow it to take up space in my mind and heart. You see, that big step out of my comfort zone can leave me with sweaty palms, a belly that’s somersaulting, and knees that are a little shaky.
BUT, even on shaky knees, I take the step that I feel God is calling me to take. I bet you do, too!
Because those feelings of not-enough are not the boss of us!
The thing is, we don’t have to be enough. For the task we’re called to, we actually may not be capable of being enough on our own, and that’s ok.
We know the one who is always enough and who enables us to be enough.
Listen to this passage of scripture from 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NIV. In it, Paul is reminding the people of Corinth that he (Paul and his ministry) doesn’t need a “letter of recommendation” to be confident that He can do the work God has called him to do.
“Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…”
Competent. Capable. Enough.
If we’re following God’s leading and stepping into a place that He calls us to step in to, especially one where we have the ability to shine the light of Jesus, He will be enough for us.
That’s a huge relief, friend. That steadies the shakiest knees. It calms the most insecure heart. When we feel a little out of our element, that verse reminds us that we are competent because of the God who called us.
So, whatever circumstance or situation is leaving you feeling a bit out of your element, can I offer you a bit of hope and encouragement?
When you feel like you aren’t enough, rest in the one who is. He’s got you.
Grace and love,