Experience Hope Devotional

I’m Not Enough

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

— Ephesians 2:8-9

“Another rejection.” Jared slammed his laptop shut.

He’d sent out two dozen resumes and hadn’t received one job interview. Without a degree, he wasn’t what employers were looking for. Told you that you’d never amount to anything. His father’s words rang in his ears, and now he was starting to believe them.

If self-hate has ever whispered in your ear, then you know the overwhelming hopelessness that comes from not measuring up.

Because we each bear the scars of failure at some point in our lives, it is easy to believe we will never be enough. Strong enough. Smart enough. Good enough. Perfect enough.

On our own, we won’t.

But here’s the good news. We’re no longer on our own. We have a Heavenly Father who knows we can never be perfect, but He loves us anyway. He loves us so much He wants to come into our lives and pull us out of the pit of our own inadequacy. All we have to do is accept His offer. Become His child. As His perfect blood begins to flow through our veins, our inadequacy disappears beneath a river of grace.

Our value in God’s eyes is not based on how well we accomplish tasks, how much money we make or how famous we become. We’re valuable simply because we are His children (Ephesians 1:18-23). And God’s children can never be failures.

Today’s One Thing

Memorize today’s key verse. Say it often. And whenever the enemy whispers about your inadequacy, remind him that your value is found in Christ alone.