"Don't worry girl, you got this! You are enough!" the post read. A stay-at-home "mom-entrepreneur" went on to tell her followers that they are fierce, amazing and can "do all the things" ironically if they only buy her amazing course on "Insert Life-Changing Title Here".
It's a false gospel that is plaguing women everywhere. That if they only just pick themselves up by their bootstraps, if they could only bring in just a little more income, or buy that online course, curate their lives perfectly on social media ... then they can be enough. I know these women might have good intentions to encourage people. But it only leads to anxiety and self-doubt. Trust me, I know.
The ultimate problem with the "you are enough" belief is that well ... it's just not Biblical.
Let's look at scripture ...
"None is righteous, no, not one;" Romans 3:10.
"Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God," 1 Corinthians 3:5.
We are not enough. If you are defining your "enoughness" on anything you DO or anything you ARE... every attempt will ultimately fall flat. If your worth is tied up in ANYTHING other than Jesus, you will come up short over and over again. Your true worth is in Jesus Christ alone.
Another issue is that the phrase causes us to look inward at ourselves. It's a very "me" centric mantra. As if I have everything that I will need within myself if I can just summon it up. Which just isn't true, in fact, it's debilitating to think that I could ever be self-sufficient. It only pushes us to beat ourselves over the head when we don't measure up because we SHOULD be able to be enough on our own. Fueling that hustle over rest mindset that will drive you into the ground and leave you empty and exhausted.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
In our weakness, Christ is made strong. When we begin to believe that we "got this" or that we "are enough" We begin to lessen our grip on God's hand and tell the Almighty, "I got this". Rather than looking inside ourselves as limited finite humans, we should look to the Infinite, Eternal Father who loves giving Himself to His Children to empower them to be light in a dark world.
The Bible has always been counter-culture. It's not a popular thing to confess your not-enoughness. It's only when you come to the end of all your striving and attempts to BE enough that you realize that you will never measure up. You will never be the perfect mom, wife or employee. It's only when I am worn out and exhausted that I throw myself at the feet of Jesus so that He can pour out His grace and tell me that He is enough. It's when we come to the end of our rope that we learn dependence on God, who is the only unchanging and steadfast thing in this world.
I am not enough and that's ok. Because He is enough and that's enough for me.