Inadequacies

Hi! Is it getting warmer these days or not? Well, at least it is in New York. This summer is definitely going to be different for me. A lot is changing, and quickly. My schedule is going to be busier, now that I’ve got a job and a blog. I’m curious to see what God’s plans are, and excited to see how I can serve you all.

Inadequacies. That’s not a very nice word, and I’m pretty sure no one (including myself) likes to have them. However, we can’t pretend they’re not there, nor should we. Let’s get into our weaknesses, and how Christians should deal with them.

Falling Behind

Ever felt like life is going too fast for you? There’s so much to do. Events and things just keep popping up, one after another? You might liken it to a never ending game of whack-a-mole. When you get one thing finished, another thing springs up and it just keeps coming.

You’ve probably felt this way, at least to some degree. You feel tired, worn out when there just doesn’t seem to be a pause between all that’s craziness. You try to keep up, but you feel like you’re lagging behind and then the future begins to feel a bit daunting. It’s just too much to keep on top of. You’re  falling behind and you feel like you can’t catch up.

Acceptance

I’ve felt this way before. Like I have so much I need to do. Grow as a writer, as a Christian, keep up with school and balance the other parts of life. For you, it might be a sport, a job, academics,  or a plethora of other things. At times it can feel overwhelming and discouraging. However, thinking that you can, and need to perfectly balance all of this, is setting yourself up for failure. Moreover, this can become a sin.

Pride can hinder us from accepting our own limitations. When we start thinking that it’s all on us to accomplish God’s will, we are shoving Him out of the picture. I remember thinking this way and then seeing the pride in my attitude of thinking that it was dependent on my abilities to carry out His will. Not only was this ridiculous, but sinful.  Hence, Christians need to have humility in accepting  that we all have inadequacies when it comes to accomplishing God’s plans.

Don’t get me wrong, we should all seek to do our very best in all we do. But, we are human and have limits. We need to be able to accept that we can’t balance everything perfectly. I know that this is easier said than done, and as a perfectionist, I understand, but it is something we need to understand. We can’t do it all.

Reliance

Let’s not stop there, though. I’m not in favor of giving up and digging a hole to die in. We can’t do everything, and we have our limits, but God doesn’t. His purposes will be accomplished, despite our inadequacies. It is because of weaknesses that we need to acknowledge that we depend on God to fulfill His plans. We need Him, and without the Lord we are incapable of bearing fruit. It is not that He needs us, but that He has blessed us in that He includes us in His purposes.

Additionally, because we are weak, the work of God can be all the more magnified. Isn’t it much more impressive to see something amazing done through a flawed and weak person, than an individual with everything going for him or her?

Peace

Now, take peace in knowing that despite your limitations, whether physical, emotional, intellectual, etc.,  the Lord can and will work through you. Enjoy the relief of knowing that that you shouldn’t and can’t do everything. Additionally, when you feel too tired and too weak, remember that our Savior can carry you through the turbulent waters of life.  You do not walk this road alone.

Conclusion

No matter how hard we try, we can’t do everything. This is okay. Despite our weaknesses, Jesus can still use us to accomplish His plans (1 Corinthians 12:9). We also need to be humble and acknowledge our limitations (James 4:6), for we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). Christians should also rely on God and pray that He would still work through us. (Philippians 2:13) Finally, we can have peace, because we know that Jesus is always with us (Matthew 28:20).

What do you think? Have you been stressed and feeling like you’ve been lagging behind? Have you been trying to do it all by yourself? Have you been humble and asked God to work through you even in your weaknesses? Is pride an issue? If not, how has the Lord accomplished His plans through you? What has your experience been? Feel free to comment! I’d love to hear from you!

2 thoughts on “Inadequacies

  1. Very encouraging post, Hope. Sometimes, especially as an adult, it’s easy to think that I must do it all and have it all together. But that’s really self reliance and trying to keep to a standard that our Lord has not set. Thanks for this timely reminder today

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  2. Hope E. Dougherty June 12, 2019 — 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that! It took some time for me to see my own sinful pride in thinking that I could do it all. I am grateful that God revealed this error to me and that I could turn this into something helpful! Thank you for saying something!

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