1 Peter 1:20-21

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Do you ever feel like you just can’t quite hit the target set before you in life? Are there times when you feel discouraged because you don’t know how to live up to the bar that others set for you? I can ensure you that you are NOT alone. So many times in my life I have felt defeated and unworthy because of my shortcomings, my mistakes, or my insecurities. I would always strive to be more, do more, earn more…and it is so unsatisfying to live like that. It seems hopeless.

Here is a beautiful reality that can set you free: there is nothing you can do to earn God’s love. You already have it. Stop striving and just rest in the freedom you have to be the person that God created you to be. He is already crazy about you! You are not defined by your shortcomings, your mistakes, or your insecurities. Your identity is not found in your past or your future. Be present with the Lord now and let him speak his truth over you. You are worthy. You are loved. You belong to the Living God and he is enough.

What would it look like to replace our feelings of inadequacy with the hope and faith found in the God who created us? How would your days be different if instead of striving to be more or do more, you came to God just as you were and asked Him to use you that day? God can use you and he will! He designed you to play a part in the work He is doing in this world. Have hope in the fact that you are worth it to God!

QUESTION 1. What areas in your life do you feel like you are not enough in?
QUESTION 2. What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing? What makes your heart race a little bit faster when you think about doing it?
CHALLENGE: Take the answers from Question 2 and ask God to show you how he wants to use those things for his work in this world! Then join in and do it!
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