Do you feel like you're not good enough?


 

mountains overlooking the water

 

There are times in my life when my faith seems like it's distant. As Christians, we believe in Jesus even though we know we'll never see Him face to face or hear the sound of His voice, in this life that is. But it doesn't mean He isn't there, and moving mountains in our lives. It's difficult to feel discouragement on our journey. If you read my latest blog post, then you know I recently lost my job. It was certainly a transition period. I never expected it to happen because I had put my trust in something that I could not see. Every summer I go to Laurel Ridge Summer Camp. It's a church camp I've been going to my entire life. We play a game called the trust fall. Everyone stand close to each other with their arms out in front of them, while one person stands on an elevated platform backwards. When their ready, they fall backwards into the arms of the others. We do that a lot you know, trust things we can't see. I'm the type of person who constantly needs affirmations. I like to be told that I'm doing a good job, that I'm wanted and valuable. Throughout this process I realized that the only people who can truly value me for who I am are my family. Family is a funny word. They just gotta love ya no matter what silly stuff we do. And I fully believe that some of our friends were given to us by God to be just like family. Sometimes those friend even end up valuing us more than our own family does. In these discouraging times in our lives it's hard to stay positive all the time. I try hard to keep a smile on my face, even when it's not how I really feel. It makes a customer service job that much more difficult. People just expect you to show up with a smile on your face, pushing aside all that you are struggling with in your life. Sometimes we just don't feel like we're good enough. It's almost as if nothing we do will ever be enough to please some people. Maybe we just need to be more considerate of others' feelings overall. Philippians 4:5 tells us, "Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do." Maybe this is our key. As we keep in mind what other people might be struggling with, we can be at peace with what we are as well, in knowing we are never alone. I hope that even when you're feeling like you'll never be good enough, you can rest in the hope God gives us to be at peace with our true feelings about things. 

B.


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