The Promising Truth About Being Good Enough

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For years I tried everything to be "good enough." The truth, I'm not. Not even close. But there is a promising truth that makes me perfectly me. You too...
I refuse to believe the lies for one more minute:

“You’re not skinny enough, beautiful enough, rich enough,
sexy enough, cool enough, or popular enough”

Today I’m rejecting one more:

“You’re good enough.”

Are you kidding me?

Good enough?

I’m not even close to being good enough.

For years I tried everything to be “good enough.” I did my best to follow the rules. What rules? All the rules. And if things weren’t going well . . . I was convinced it was because I was failing somewhere. If our family was struggling in some area . . . you get the idea…

Our children still laugh (kind of) about the mornings I would announce that I had spent the night with the Lord because I couldn’t sleep. A proclamation that meant we would be making big changes to do a better job of following the rules.

But it didn’t matter how hard I tried. I was a mess. I constantly fell short of my own standards without even looking at God’s will for me.

“The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands” ~Martin Luther

The truth.

I am not good enough! 

And you’re not either.

I’m tired of the lie that tries to convince us that we are.

I’m not talking about appearances or possessions. I’m not talking about the things society says gives us value.

I’m talking about my attitude, my behavior, my heart. I’m talking about the words I speak, the things I do and the things I fail to do, and my thoughts . . . I can’t even go there.

I am not good enough! 

I’m not talking about comparing myself with you. I’m talking about honestly measuring who I am against God’s will for me. And God’s will for me is to reflect His character, to love like He loves.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 1 John 2:15–16

The truth…

I’m a mess and that is not good enough. 
Not even close.
I’m a sinner.

 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Romans 7:18–19

That’s why I need Jesus.

The promising truth…

 He covers my not good enough with His perfection. 

For God made [Jesus] Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21

He covers my sinfulness with mercy, grace, and love. 

 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 7:25–8:1

I’m rejecting one more lie.

The lie that tells me I’m okay.

I am definitely not okay.
I’m a mess. I’m a sinner.

But . . . by God’s grace I believe the promising truth.
I am redeemed. I am forgiven.

I am becoming a new person transformed by love.

“Just think, God knows everything you’ve ever done yet He loves you. God loves you just the way you are. There is nothing that can separate you from His love. His Love is relentless.” ~Buky Ojelabi

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  1. Kim Stewart says:

    Deb, what a beautiful post and reminder that “He covers my not good enough with His perfection. ” Love that!

    1. Thanks Kim! I need a fresh reminder of this every day. It’s so easy to try to fall back into a performance pattern. Remembering His freedom and forgiveness is just so much better. Blessings!

  2. Yes, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God . . . Thanks for reminding us that we are never good enough and only Christ can perfect us.
    Blessings, Deb!

  3. All of us sin and fall short. I’m up there on that list for sure–but what a blessing that I have been set free of the bondage of perfection and to-do lists. How humbling that my God came down and took the sacrifice for me–and that some day I will spend eternity with Him not because of anything deserving I’ve done, but because of His love.
    Reading this, I’m reminded of a small book out called, “How Good Is Good Enough” that is an excellent read for anyone who struggles with the pressure of doing more, being more, and being better. I read it some years back in an afternoon. Very clearly written.

  4. Deb,
    I opened a link to your article this morning and finally had a chance to read it….but God’s timing is PERFECT and your words were so nurturing to this recovering perfectionist. Thank you for blessing all who read!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind encouragement Julie. I am so thankful this blessed you!

  5. Ruth Clemence says:

    I love this – we all fall short and I am so thankful for God’s grace and love for me in all of my shortcomings! God bless, friend 🙂

  6. Deb, thanks for a great post and an even greater reminder that God blesses and saves us on the basis of His goodness and not our own. We could do nothing to save ourselves and we can do nothing to keep ourselves saved. Isn’t it glorious to rest in His grace. Then we are free to do those things He has called us to do, no matter how imperfectly. Blessings!

  7. Amen. This is really the nuts and bolts of it all. We either fall apart or we are held together by truth. I cheer this greatly from the #RaRalinkup today! I try to hold on to these promises all the time.

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