You are enough.
Has anyone ever told you that?
I’ve heard this phrase many times since moving to Ohio. The first time I heard it was from a kind woman who prayed for me, telling me that the phrase was something she heard God say to me. It meant a lot to me at the time, but I suppose I didn’t really know what it meant. It seemed that there was something missing—how could I be enough? I had so many failings and mistakes to think about.
After that, a number of people in my life prayed for me or spoke with me and said the exact same thing. You are enough. But no one explained what it meant, so I put away the phrase to the back of my mind. I didn’t think about it for a while.
About a month ago, I found myself at a crossroads. It was either sink or swim and I felt panicked. I didn’t think I could accomplish what was expected of me at the time. But a dear friend of mine, Leanna Hampton, gave me a bracelet that was very special to her. She told me that she wore it on days that she didn’t feel like she was enough, and she wanted me to have it. On the bracelet, which is pictured above, were the words “You are enough.”
Once again, something about that phrase struck me. I wore the bracelet daily for a while, thinking about it often.
Finally, only a few days ago, I attended a counseling session. The counselor helped me understand a number of things about myself during the session. But then, as she prayed for me, I heard that phrase once more. “You are enough.”
And then, finally, she explained it.
“You are enough…because He made you enough.”
He made me enough.
Suddenly, it made sense. My failings and mistakes didn’t matter because they couldn’t affect the truth.
That’s why people kept telling me “You are enough.” They meant that despite my failings, God made me enough. He loved me and formed me inside my mother’s womb. He gave me strengths and ability before I was born. His love sustains me even now, and that’s why I’m enough. I can be me, nothing added or taken away. God loves me as I am.
The Truth of It
I wear that bracelet with pride now. It means more to me than it ever did before, because I finally understand. Yes, I make mistakes. Yes, I’ve failed so many times in awful ways. I’m not better than anyone else.
But now I know. God loves me anyway. And if that’s true, I’m enough. I can grow at my own pace.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Jeremiah. God is speaking to his children when he says “For I know the plans I have for you—plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
He is speaking to all of us. We mean so much to him! Don’t let the world shout you down or turn you off. You were created with a purpose.
God loves you, friend. And because of that, you are enough. Don’t forget it!