Falling Short

I am not sure if it is just me or if others feel the same way, but I constantly feel as though I “fall short”. I am always thinking things like, “I am not quite as smart as other people”, “someone else can do it better than me”, “if I do this, people will know how really stupid I am.” Do you ever feel this way? My hope is that I am not alone.
I look at other people’s successes and wonder why I cannot seem to attain a certain level of “greatness” for lack of a better word. All I know to do is go to God’s word, it is there that I find my peace, my purpose, my worth.

In Genesis, we read these words: 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.” What does this tell me? I have value simply because I am created in the image of the “very creator himself.” I am created in the image of God, wow! Then I read in 1 Peter 1:18-19 these precious words: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” Jesus not only was willing to shed his blood for me but actually went to the cross and died for me. If I had been the only person on this earth He would still have died to save me.

I may not be the smartest, the prettiest or the most well-spoken person you will ever meet, but in God’s economy, it does not matter. I am his child, his daughter. He has a plan and purpose for me and one day He will call me home, to be with him for all eternity. While I walk this earthly sod I am going to have some hard days, I am going to feel rejected, alone, cold, hungry and so many other emotions, but it is a temporary existence.

Moses did not feel he was the right person for the job either and look at all that happened because of his obedience and dependence on God to help him. God knew Moses felt inadequate for the task ahead, but he wanted him, no one else would do. This gives me courage and hopes to know that God sees me differently than I see myself and differently than others may see me. We are all created differently with unique talents and abilities. If we were, all the same, how boring would life be?

God does not call the equipped, he equips the called. So, whatever the task he has assigned you to do, know that he has already prepared you for it. It may not look or sound like someone else, but it will sound like you. A unique child of God, created in His image. He wants available, not perfect! I like to think about this verse from 1 Corinthians 1:27 that says: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” Maybe just maybe He chooses me sometimes because I am weak, I do feel inadequate, I do feel foolish. If so then I say thank you Lord for choosing me!

I want to be used by God, I want a “yes” on my lips for him. I want to step out in faith, trusting that He is able to give me all that I need in any circumstance. I am the “apple of his eye”, what peace that brings. Yes, there will always be the smarter, the prettier, the more accomplished and so on out there, but sometimes, just sometimes, he wants the one who feels not quite up to snuff, I can raise my hand on that one. God wants your yes! Trust him to help you in whatever he calls you to do!