Am I good enough to be a starter on the football team? To make the cheerleading squad? To get a scholarship? To get a promotion? Heck, forget the promotion, am I good enough to even get the job? Am I good enough to get married? To raise children? To have my prayers answered? To receive God’s blessings?
At some time or another, most of us have wondered “Am I good enough?” and have probably decided, at one time or another, that no, we are not. We have assessed our personal worth, comparing our characteristics and accomplishments to those of others, and determined that we are fundamentally flawed. In our internal opinion, we have failed to reach that “enough” bar, whatever it is. Not good enough.
At some time or another, most of us have wondered “Am I good enough?” and have probably decided, at one time or another, that yes, we are. We have assessed our personal worth, comparing our characteristics and accomplishments to those of others and determined that we are acceptable, maybe even exemplary. In our internal opinion, we have reached that “enough” bar, whatever it is. Good enough.
Harsh and critical or honest and accurate or inflated and exaggerated, our self-assessment is based on the assumption that there is an “enough”. The question “Am I good enough” presupposes that not being good enough is an option. I propose that it is not.
The question “Am I good enough” is based on a false premise. It is not possible to NOT be good enough. We are basically, fundamentally, intrinsically good. Good is good. There is no enough about it.
Genesis chapter 1 chronicles (more or less, much less than more) the Creation. God made the seas and saw “that it was good” (vs 10). He made plants and saw “that it was good” (vs. 12). He made the sun and stars (vs 18) and whales and birds (vs 21) and beasts and cows (vs 25) and, in each instance, saw “that it was good.” He made man and woman and “God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (vs 31). All of God’s creations are good. Add us to the mix and it becomes “very good”. We are good! VERY GOOD, even!!
Paul tells us that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16) We are His children, offspring of a Heavenly King. God is good. And, as His children, so are we. Good. Good is good. Enough is not a question.
We may not have the skills necessary to play a starting position on the football team or make the cheerleading squad. We may not have the skills necessary to get certain jobs or to get paid for writing (bummer!) or to make our daughter’s prom dress or to serve in leadership positions but lack of skills does not mean lack of worth. Likewise an abundance of skills and talents does not mean excessive worth.
Never question worth. “Am I good enough?” is a flawed question. It is like insisting on dividing by zero. Something cannot be divided by nothing and we, as God’s children, cannot be NOT good enough. We are good. GOOD.