Recently, I talked with a dear young friend of mine. She’s the CEO of a fast-growing defense electronics company. What makes this company so special is their commitment to sharing God’s love in this world. What makes this young woman so special is her commitment to ensuring the company honors God in everything they do. In fact, the company backs it up with their corporate profits, sponsoring missionaries and mission projects, schools, and humanitarian missions (e.g. freshwater wells and medical care facilities) in some of the poorest places on earth.
My friend and I often share prayer requests for our businesses, careers, families and friends, and one another. We don’t see one another often, but communicate regularly. As friendships deepen; trust increases and true friends are able to share their fears, dreams, and aspirations. A special blessing comes from having friends who can encourage, laugh, cry, and counsel each other.
In talking with my sweet friend, we got on the subject of how we all sometimes wonder if we’re enough. Are we smart, talented, committed, or strong enough to do what we are called to. This is often troublesome for new writers, especially me. What I came to realize through our conversation is that self-doubt and self-condemnation is part of the human condition. Whether an overabundance of guilt or an insufficiency of self-esteem, most can admit to ourselves we’ve asked the question “Am I good enough?”
What I shared to encourage my young friend turned out to be God’s way of encouraging me. God brought Ephesians 2:10 to mind, which reads “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (NKJV) When I think of this verse, I am reminded how with Christ in us, and us in Christ, we are enough. We can accomplish anything that is in God’s will.
Later that morning, I headed toward the feed store while still thinking about my friend. I plugged my smart phone into charge, triggering my phone to play something from my playlist. That morning, Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West played. I learned how a young man named Jordan inspired this song through his testimony. Call it a coincidence or divine appointment, but God knew the perfect words I needed to hear. Not only to share with my friend, but to embolden my writing journey.
After pulling to the roadside to wipe the tears (I cry a lot when I’m in God’s presence ad He gives me a “heart hug”), I continued my trip. Upon arriving home and unloading six hundred pounds of feed, I went to my computer and emailed my dear friend. I reminded her that God never leads us to do something He has not prepared us for beforehand. Even in making difficult decisions, God works to prepare us with His wisdom, strength, grace, and mercy. With Christ, we are enough.
Because we belong to God, there is nothing He will not help us with as long as we are in His will. No matter how inadequate the enemy tries to make us feel, God knows better. As I wrote these words, I realized God was speaking to me as much as He was my friend. As a newcomer to Christian writing, I doubted everything I was attempting to do in His name. I told myself I didn’t know enough scripture, I didn’t have a degree in theology, I wasn’t a pastor.
I knew I was a fair writer, but writing to invoke a purchase decision differs greatly from writing to inspire, enlighten, and instruct someone. Having worked at developing my craft over the past few years, I wondered if I could ever bring God glory with my writing. That morning, God reminded me He did not make me to be a Max Lucado or David Jeremiah. He made me to be J.D. Wininger, Christian author. In Him, I am more than enough.How many times has helping someone resulted in helping you more? Click To Tweet
Please know that “You are Enough for God!” We can be all He wants us to be when we surrender to His will in our lives. Then, He can do His work of sanctifying us. We’ll never be perfect in this life, but with God we can all be enough. We can be the children of God He intends us to be.