Friday, January 17, 2014

You are Enough

One of the side effects to being the Communications Director is that I spend a lot of time on social media. I read lots of blogs, follow lots of links, view lots of videos, and hear LOTS of complaints. That’s the nature of the beast, and I’ve spent time developing my own ways to safeguard my heart against the negativity and ugliness that trolling Facebook for hours and hours can produce. It’s not all bad, though. I’ve seen a drastic increase in uplifting, encouraging posts and links as well. And maybe it’s just my group of friends, but people seem to be fighting the negative and ugly with some very positive, beautiful things.

One post in particular I ran across the other day was entitled Why Being a Mom is Enough. Dozens of people had commented on the link, all with quips like “So true!” and “I needed this today!” Although I am not a mother, I think I understood the idea behind the post. You don’t have to be a mom who does everything right, or one who has endless, creative activities planned for every moment of the day to help your children grow spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, and relationally. You are their mom, and they love you just for that. 

And that’s important. 

It is.

It really, really is.

Being a mom is important.

Do you hear me? 

It’s super important.

But what if your children grow up and leave? What if you can’t have children? What if you don’t want children? What if something happens and you are left with the overwhelming grief of losing a child? 

Guess what. 

You’re still enough.

Romans 5:8 - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The mere fact that you existed, enemy of God though you were, was enough for Christ to die for you. 

You are enough.

1 John 3:1 - See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The Father’s love makes you his child.

And his children are enough.

Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. You are made in the image of God.

You are enough.

It is enough to be you. God’s extravagant love meets you where you are and tells you that who you are, at your very core, your very essence, you are enough. Because at your core, you are not a mother or a father, a husband, a wife, or a single person. You are loved by the creator of the universe, and you are his. And that identity can never change.

When you feel that you have to strive for the next level of approval by your boss, your children, your friends, your family. Remember.

You are enough.

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