Updated: Dec 11, 2019
2 Corinthians 3:5 says “not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”
Throughout my life, I have spent too much time and energy wondering what other people think of me, if I am enough for them, and if they will be enough for me. I have put the entirety of my value into the validation that I receive from others. As a young girl, this is hard to avoid. Society tells us that if we don’t look a certain way, act a certain way and have the right number of friends and a cute boyfriend, we’re out of luck when it comes to happiness. When you are told this your whole life, what happens when even these things fail? What happens when your life is uprooted and you lose all that you thought you had? What happens when your friends decide that you are too much to handle or your boyfriend decides that the other girl is prettier and more fun to be
around then you? Where is your sufficiency then?
Our first mistake is looking for sufficiency in people, rather than God. God tells us who we are; he meets us as we are, and we are enough for Him. God’s love will mold us into the best version of ourselves, but if we fail, he will not leave or stop loving us. This is hard to find in people, and it is part of why searching for our sufficiency and value in what other people think of us is so difficult and unfulfilling. People will fail. God will not. When we fail, we disappoint people, and vice versa. This disappointment often puts a strain on the relationship and makes it harder to connect and continue to grow. God will not leave, and he will continue to seek you out in order to help you grow into your best self. Therefore, search for your value and sufficiency in Christ, because he will always be sufficient, regardless of your current, past, or future situation.
- Keeandra Birch
(Content Creation Team Member)