The first weekend in October, I attended the Declare Conference, a women’s conference for Christian communicators. I came away so inspired and more equipped to do what I feel God is calling me to do.
One of the highlights of the weekend was meeting a few amazingly creative people that I have been following for awhile online. I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. And there were a couple of people who said they felt the same way about meeting me. LOL!
But what I learned is that we all struggle with self-doubt, and feelings of inadequacy.
I did not meet anyone there who, at some time or another, has not have some (or all) of the follwing kinds of thoughts:
- Who am I to do this?
- Does my message, my art, or my story even matter?
- I have to wait till I am good enough.
- I don’t know if I will ever be good enough.
- There are so many amazing women out there who are already sharing such powerful messages, and doing it better than I could. Why should I even try?
I have struggled with all these thoughts myself.
One of the best words of wisdom I received at the Declare Conference, concerning these struggles was from Tricia Goyer, a prolific author, who spoke on “The Power of Well-Written Words.”
She said that “your piece of the message is enough. You don’t have to know the most or be the best” to make a difference or impact the world.
That was so liberating to me! After thinking about it, I could see that it is true. I have purchased books and products myself from people who just had one simple truth to share, or who just shared their story, that have made a HUGE impact in my life.
She also said, “God’s words have power! And with God in you, your words do too.”
The message I heard over and over, throughout the weekend, which confirmed what God had already been telling me was this:
It doesn’t really matter what your weaknesses, or what your past is like, or how inadequate you feel. The reason that you can do what God is calling you to do is because HE IS WITH YOU.
When God called Moses and Gideon, they both responded with reasons why they were inadequate for the job. God’s answer to both of them was the same: I WILL BE WITH YOU.
Andrea Howey, an amazing hand-lettering artist, who brought the morning devotional each morning said this:
“God takes it personally when we try to sidestep our calling in the name of inadequacy.”
Ouch! When we do that, we are basically telling God that HE is not enough.
—>>> I would love to hear from you and encourage you in your journey.
If you are brave enough, comment below and tell me:
- what it is you feel like God is calling you to do
- what is stopping you or holding you back
- what doubts do you have
If you have doubts about who you are and if you are good enough,
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It will help you delete your doubt as you uncover your unique identity
and discover how you are uniquely equipped to impact the world.
You are God’s masterpiece and He has a good work for you to do. – Ephesians 2:10