Three Scriptures for Those Days When You Feel Like You Don't Have the Strength to Keep Up
Simple Truth: You + God = Enough
You and I and everyone else on this planet are all imperfect beings. If we were perfect, we wouldn't need to be here experiencing this unique blessing and trial that we call life.
We all needed to practice following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, so that we could learn to become more like our Heavenly Father.
Notice, that I said we needed to practice following Christ's example. Usually the reason we practice doing something is because we haven't mastered it yet.
If your definition of being good enough is that you have to be perfect on your own, you will never feel like enough, but fortunately, we know that we don't have to do things on our own.
When we trust in Heavenly Father and rely on the power of Christ's atonement, we can feel confident knowing that we are always enough.
We might not be perfect yet, but if we are doing our best to do Heavenly Father's will, and using the atonement of Christ to repent when it is necessary, we are enough. This is true even in our weakest moments.
I have a few favorite scriptures that have given me great comfort during times when I don't feel like I'm enough. I hope that they will bring comfort to you as well.
This song always makes me feel better on those days when I'm doubting that I'm enough. I hope you like it!
2 Corinthians 2:9-10
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
- Christ's strength is made perfect in our weakness. That means that if we choose to rely on him in the moments that we feel like we aren't enough, he can absolutely make up for the strength, talent, energy, confidence, or whatever else it may be that we lack. I have found so much comfort in this idea that it is when I am weak that I have the ability to be the strongest through my Savior. I am so grateful for the grace that not only gives us the power to overcome death, but gives us power during this life to serve in ways that we wouldn't be capable of serving on our own. Truly, when we rely on our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can be enough.
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
- I love the fact that the weaknesses that I feel are holding me back the most can become my greatest strengths if I turn them over to the Lord. Again, if I was going to judge my enoughness on what I can do on my own, I'm a lost cause, but if I am willing to acknowledge my weaknesses and put my faith in the Lord for help, I can see those weaknesses become strengths that can become a great blessing to myself and others.
Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."
- This is the perfect scripture for me on those days when I feel like there's no way I can do a good enough job. It reminds me again that I'm not expected to be perfect right now, I'm just expected to cheerfully do my best and then trust in the Lord to do the rest. Heavenly Father knows my limitations, but if there is something that he really wants to have happen, he will make it happen. I've seen this time and time again in my life. There have been times when I've spent hours preparing a lesson and still not felt confident that I knew what to say or even the topic that I was supposed to be focusing on. I put in the time preparing and then pray to my Heavenly Father asking him to help me when it comes times to teach, and sure enough, He puts the words in my mouth that need to be said. I have no doubt that as long as we work hard and do our best, Heavenly Father will make sure that we get the help we need to perform his will in the way that he wants it accomplished.