The “I’m-Not-Good-Enough” Syndrome
I came across blogger Jessica Chilton and a post she wrote on “Good Enough.” Here’s an excerpt:
“This notion of ‘not being good enough’ is so pervasive in our society. It is so common for women to have thoughts like:
‘I’m not skinny enough.’
‘I’m not successful enough.’
‘I’m not pretty enough.’
‘I’m not brave enough.’
‘I’m not strong enough.'”
The pervasive nature of “not being good enough” is not limited to women. It saturates our culture. We live in a shame-based world that tells us all we’re not good enough.
Unfortunately, the church is not immune. While preaching and promoting grace, the church system often create its own version of “not being good enough.”
Chilton’s list for women raises a couple of questions.
- What is the Christian’s list of “not being good enough?”
- What is the pastor’s list?
More importantly, what if we were to discover that God doesn’t create or maintain such a list? What if His message is just the opposite–“you are good enough”?