In school, rulers teach us how to measure distances. And even though a lot of us are out of school, we are still measuring things. We do this all the time, whether it be comparing ourselves to our peers or feeling that we aren’t enough. This feeling is not new to humanity. In fact, one of the earliest stories that we have in Scripture is Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves after they eat from the tree in the garden. They do this because, for the first time, they are aware of their surroundings.
The irony in all of this, the feeling of not being enough, is that throughout Scripture God reminds us that we are enough. Take, for example, Jesus’ baptism. After Jesus is baptized, God references Jesus as his son. From that point forward, Jesus references his followers as his brothers and sisters. This is intentional and intended to remind us that we are enough. We are a part of God’s family.
Another beautiful example is found in the parable of the prodigal son. The younger son takes his inheritance and squanders it away. After being left with nothing, the son returns home ashamed and feeling like he is no longer a part of the family. But what does the father do? The father throws the biggest party and finds the finest robe. The father doesn’t look at what the son has done or where he’s been, he just reminds him that he is enough.
One of the hardest things to do in our world is to be content. Think about it- we are constantly online looking at how others live and our attention is distracted by ads recommending the next best thing. Often these distractions leave us feeling less than. But we serve a God that constantly blesses us and reminds us that we are enough. We don’t know need to measure ourselves against anyone else; we just have to be the best individuals that God has made us to be.