There are times in my life where I am inadequate to meet the needs and demands of what’s happening around me. In these times, I know that I’m not smart enough, not strong enough, don’t have the energy to match the demands, nor do I have the endurance to match the race stretched in front of me. In these times, it’s tempting to get overwhelmed by the questions, the shortfalls, demands, inadequacies and scarcity I feel in my soul. Such deficiency is often a universal human condition and maybe that’s by Divine Design. Maybe God has always intended for us to never be enough, such that we must choose to reach outside of ourselves to find provisions beyond our finite resources.
Let’s be certain that we reach for God to participate in our lives every day and not just as a last resort! Indeed, God is more than enough for our overflowing deficiencies!
Stuff I’m good at, I prefer to do. Stuff I’m bad at, not so much. But life requires us to do stuff that’s both difficult & easy. When you find stuff that you’re good at, generally you like to keep doing it & it can be very fulfilling. In contrast, doing stuff you’re not good at can be draining & frustrating.
I say this having just filled out some rather meticulous paperwork that I hope I did right. Suffice it to say that paperwork isn’t so much in my wheelhouse. So the less I do, the better it is for everyone 🙂
But here’s the real deal: my weaknesses provide platform for the Holy Spirit to help & be strong through me. The tricky part for me is to acknowledge that I need Help – not just professional help, but even better, Divine Help! Be sure to grab a copy of my latest book to see how you can walk with Divine Help!
I’ve just returned from a 10day trip to Cambodia & Bangladesh – an amazing trip with some intense ups & downs. Now that I’m home, I find myself struggling to keep up. I can’t seem to find enough energy, get enough sleep or have enough time to navigate through each day proficiently.
I suspect that maybe you’ve had a season like this & nothing seems to be enough.
Here’s some ideas that could help:
Let the Holy Spirit direct you rather than drive yourself to frantic burnout
Be mindful of those moments of rest the Holy Spirit provides & be content in this provision, even if it’s just a few minutes
God’s grace is sufficient & His strength is abundant – ask for more!
Remember that this is likely a season & not a lifestyle.
I’m not alone with feeling that I’m not enough. You & I both have our weak spots for feeling or thinking that we’re inadequate, be that smart enough, cool enough, pretty enough, social enough, rich enough, humble enough, strong enough, etc.
It’s very liberating to embrace the truth that we are NEVER enough, by ourselves. I’ve been in innumerable situations where it was more than obvious that I wasn’t adequate, not enough & in way over my head. In these occasions, it always helps me to remember that I have continuous access to more than abundant & adequate supply – the Holy Spirit, my Heavenly Help!
If you haven’t read my book, Heavenly Help, grab a copy so you can see how the Holy Spirit is more than enough in you for any situation you face!
Do you ever feel like you’re not enough? Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough energy, wisdom, stamina, etc? Sometimes I feel like Bilbo Baggins when he says , “. . . like butter scraped over too much bread.” We all have stuff for which we’re responsible, but sometimes all of these responsibilities can seem overwhelming. So what should we do on the days when we feel spread too thin?
Here are some ideas that might help:
Pray & ask for divine help, then watch for the ways that the Holy Spirit will give you help with strength & wisdom or even eliminate some of the demands of that day
Pause – take a step back & consider if you can let a few things go to make life more manageable & less insane
Play – the last thing I feel like doing when I’m stressed & max’ed out is playing & yet sometimes being playful is the exact stress reliever I need to stay the course & not disappear into a mountain hideaway.
Let’s remember that we always have access to Heavenly Help for wisdom, strength & divine help 🙂
There are lots of things I don’t know how to do. I can’t crochet, knit, sew, decorate, paint, computer program, repair cars or concrete, grow plants, . . . . . There are so many things that I can’t or don’t know how to do, that I could get overwhelmed with my inabilities & deficiencies. But the bright spot is that I have a unique and perpetual direct line to God Who knows how to do everything & even more.
When you feel frustrated & overwhelemed with inadquecies, look out, look up and look around because God is readily available to help, just for the asking 🙂
I was texting with a friend recently & they were talking about some frustrations on their job & how they don’t feel adequate to the challenge – in over their head. Me too. Depending on when you ask me, I can often feel that I can’t do everything that I’ve been given, that I’m not wise or smart enough and / or that I’m ill-equipped. What’s great about all of these challenges is that they force me to look to & trust in Jesus – and at the end of the day, it’s a better place for us to be to have to trust in God rather than to rely on ourselves.
So if you’re in over your head, keep your eyes & confidence on Jesus because He’s more capable than your best efforts to bring you through very well 🙂
I’ve had some interesting experiences of late that deal with the issue of needs & provisions. Here are a few areas where I’ve experienced some needs (see if you can relate to some of these): car problems, time shortages, some people issues at work, money shortages, kid concerns and more. As I’ve thought about these, there are many different ways to address & resolve these things by money, more time, wisdom, work efficiencies & more.
Sometimes I think we get a little too narrow on how we want these needs to be resolved. Sometimes our prayers are about having more money, or more time, or more help. But maybe these provisions are nothing more than the observable results of God’s immense love for us. Maybe the real issue isn’t about resolving our needs but rather trusting in God & His love. If we leave our life in God’s hands, He perfectly matches every need to His perfect provision.
There are times that I’ve prayed for more:
time & He has made me more efficient
money & He’s given me a creative idea on how to cut some expenses
help & He’s decreased some of my work
friends & He’s worked on me to be a better friend
Jesus said to seek His kingdom 1st & everything else will take care of itself. With God’s help, lets be sure that we’re going after God & resting in His outrageous abilities to provide for our needs 🙂
I was talking with a friend the other day & she was explaining that there was a long season in her life of tremendous insecurity because she felt inadequate & incompetent. When we were talking, my ears perked up because there are alot of times when I feel incompetent & inadequate. I get these feelings when I’m around people who are really good at various things – be that computer stuff, athletic stuff, makeup & hair stuff, Bible stuff, details & scheduling, yada, yada, yada – when I get in the inadequate mindset, the list becomes interminable & insecurity becomes entrenched in my worldview. From this point, everything just goes downhill & that’s why my ears really perked up when my friend & I were discussing this topic.
When I asked her how she dealt with this struggle, she gave me this absolutely fantastic verse in 2 Cor 3:5 – Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but (A)our adequacy is from God. She explained that she has come to the reality that she is incompetent & inadequate. Furthermore, despite all of her hard work & best efforts, she has concluded that its never enough. She said that when she realized this, there was tremendous liberty because she could lean back & rest in God’s ability & adequacy – that God works through us His ability & results for impossible situations. Truly, we are incompetent and this is the starting point in our lives for God to work into our daily living. With this in mind, I can celebrate my inability & weakness because these shortcomings provide the space for God to be Himself to me 🙂
i recently had a fun conversation w 1 of my friends who has recently had her 3rd child. she was lamenting the fact that it always seemed like she was behind, late, sleepy, etc. We were laughing because even before i had children, i was often late, running behind & felt like i was always trying to catch up. Now that i have children, well, let’s just say that i’m occassionally on time & frequently feel like there’s not enough of me & in some ways, i’m ok with that. Maybe you think that i shouldn’t be ok with that & that i should consider managing my time, energy, resources better to avoid these feelings. Seems reasonable to me.
However, if i live life within my margins, it seems to me that i’ll always be limited by my margins. I’m ok with running out of myself & having to rely on God (being irresponsible doesn’t fall into this category). I’m ok with God organizing my time for His purposes, while challenging me to keep my feet fully planted in daily living & its demands. On some days, I’m ok w feeling inadequate as i learn to trust & rely on God more. Somewhere, there needs to be some grace between “should” & “is”.