Published Jan 11, 2022
By Nicole Soto
Inadequate. The word itself seems depressing and hopeless, right? As I was thinking about this topic, I began to realize that every human being, no matter how confident they may seem, feels inadequate in some area of their life. The bottom line is that we all feel it and experience feeling insignificant to some degree. Sometimes I feel like I am not capable for what I know God has called me to do. In the sense that there are so many people who are more talented and gifted than I am. Inadequacy stems from fear and doubting one’s self-worth. But how do we fix this? How do we change our mindset? It is only when we realize God’s extraordinary, constant, unfailing love that we can overcome a mindset consumed with inadequacy and doubt. I know so many truly phenomenal, kind, loving, generous people who doubt themselves because they fail to meet the standards of the media. They’re convinced they aren’t intelligent enough, or good-looking enough, or talented enough to fulfill their full potential. At an early age, I was placed into music ministry. I felt the call of God on my life at thirteen years of age at youth camp. I knew innately that music was definitely one of my callings. However, throughout the years, I’ve has my fair share of struggle in the “leading worship” department. There have been several times where I’ve felt that I’ve completely failed and that I was somehow inadequate for what I know I’ve been called to do. I recall distinct times where I went to my dad’s office and cried because, in my opinion, I wasn’t cut out for the job. (If you know me at all, you know that I very rarely cry.) Yet, the beauty of living for God is that if you surrender your failures, doubts and worries to Him, He will mold you into something you never thought you could be. To Christ, “inadequacy” is a ten-letter word, not an insurmountable obstacle.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV).
Self-worth is essential. You cannot love and mentor others if your own wounds and insecurities are crippling your spirit and joy. You are worth it. You are worthy of love, and not just temporal love, but a love that surpasses all boundaries, insecurities, or doubts: the never-ending love of Christ.
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