Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt inadequate.
I think if every girl reading this were all sitting in a room together, we would be sitting in a sea of raised hands.
I mean really, haven’t we all:
Felt inadequate in our relationships.
Felt inadequate at our job.
Felt inadequate in school.
Felt inadequate in ministry.
Felt inadequate as a person.
It’s crazy how the slightest hitch in our lives: a word that feeds into insecurities, an unplanned event, or an “off” day can drastically impact our feelings of inadequacy.
Even a thing as small as burning a batch of brownies.
I work at a coffee shop, and part of my weekly responsibilities include baking the brownies we sell in the store. A few weeks ago, I put a batch of brownies in the oven, set a timer, and walked to the front of the store to continue serving customers. About half an hour later, my manager walked up to me and asked, “Brittany, does the oven usually start smoking when you bake brownies?”
After running to the kitchen and turning off the oven that was, in fact, smoking, I removed the batch of brownies, realizing I had set the oven to 400 degrees instead of 300 degrees.
The brownies weren’t just burnt, they were scorched. Yikes.
Burning the brownies was not a big deal. All I had to do was whip up another batch, throw them in the oven, and take the extra two seconds to verify that the oven was set to 300 degrees. However, it was the way burning the brownies made me feel that was the issue. Feelings of:
“I am a terrible employee.”
“I can’t do anything right.”
“I’m just not good at what I do.”
All those ugly thoughts…. from one batch of brownies.
I think our problem is this: Our feelings of inadequacy come from hyper-focusing on situational things. We come to the conclusion that because we’ve done one thing wrong, we suddenly have become inadequate in that general area of life.
I am inadequate in my relationship BECAUSE I said something hurtful that I can’t take back.
I must be a failure at relationships and undeserving of love.
I am inadequate in my job BECAUSE I didn’t hit my sales quota this month
I must be awful at my job and the weak link of the team.
I am inadequate in school BECAUSE I failed this exam I studied really hard for.
I must be stupid and incapable of pursuing this degree.
I am inadequate in ministry BECAUSE nothing impactful happened in the small group I was leading this week.
I must be incapable of pouring into the lives of those around me and leading people to Christ.
Therefore, I must be inadequate.
See the common theme?
When we tie our circumstances to our character, we will continue to feel inadequate every time we make a mistake.
The truth is, we will always feel inadequate in something if we equate our worth to what we do instead of who we are.
There will always be someone prettier, smarter, more energetic, more caring, and more enthusiastic than us.
But they can never be you.
The reason we feel inadequate is because we focus on WHAT makes us adequate instead of WHO makes us adequate.
Instead, we should say:
I am adequate in my relationships BECAUSE I am a child of God.
I am deserving of love.
I am adequate in my job BECAUSE I am a child of God.
I am not the weak link.
I am adequate in school BECAUSE I am a child of God.
I am smart and capable.
I am adequate in ministry BECAUSE I am a child of God.
I am capable of loving others and leading them to Christ.
Therefore, I am adequate.
You are adequate. Today, start believing it.. then start living it.