To the girl who feels as though she will never be good enough: listen carefully.
You are right.
You will never be good enough.
You can pause and read that again if you need to. It may not have been what you were expecting, but sometimes the things we need to hear are not what we had hoped to hear.
I mean, let’s just be honest. Your life is far from perfect. It is full of disappointments. Full of weaknesses. Full of mistakes. Full of hurt. You have this idea of what the perfect life would be, and you picture that girl in your mind. Deep down you know you will never be that girl. Sure, you try. But you always fail. Because you just aren’t good enough.
While this is all true, you have to understand this: you aren’t that girl because she doesn’t exist.
I know you’re probably thinking of someone right now and saying, “But she exists. And her life is perfect. Just look at her Facebook profile!”
Sister, hear me say this with love: you couldn’t be more wrong. Her life, no matter how perfect it seems to be from the outside looking in, is far from perfect. Her life is full of disappointments. Full of weaknesses. Full of mistakes. Full of hurt. Just like yours.
She just doesn’t talk about them with you. Just like you don’t talk about yours with her.
Sisters, we are obsessed with hiding our blemishes, both inside and out. Just look at the popularity of photo filters and makeup tutorials! Oh, and the endless pictures of smiling babies on social media without a single glimpse of the Godzilla moments that all babies have.
Don’t get me wrong—it is not a bad thing to desire a life that has it all together. What’s destructive though is believing you are the only person stuck trying to fake it till you make it. We are all eons from perfection, ladies.
How’s that for an encouraging post, huh? You suck. I suck. We all suck. You’re welcome.
Okay, but here is something you may not have considered—Jesus was blemished, too. Yes, Jesus. God’s own son walked the earth a perfect man but hung on the cross a blemished sinner.
The perfect man who lived free from the weight of sin was beaten and nailed to a cross left to die as he wore your sin as his own. Your sin. My sin. Our sin. All the sins of the world—jealousy, hypocrisy, deceit, greed, murder—they were all put on our Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21). Stop for a second and think about the horror of this. A once perfect man who had always pleased his Father became so filthy with sin that the Father couldn’t even look at him anymore (Habbakuk 1:13; Matthew 27:46). And so Jesus took his last breath with a body that was broken and blemished by our imperfections.
But three days later, Jesus came back. He rose from the dead. He defeated death. He defeated sin. He not only took our sin, but he overcame it. Think about the enormity of that!
So sweet sister, this is what I want you to hear. Because Jesus returned to the earth unblemished by sin, by disappointments, by weaknesses, by mistakes, by hurt, we can also be unblemished.
Not on our own, of course. Again, I told you from the start you weren’t good enough.
But He is.
And if you are a believer in Jesus and have asked him to erase the blemishes in your life, you are “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22).
When you look in the mirror, you see a mess, but God sees His Son. All of those imperfections you obsess over and work so hard to hide from the world—God doesn’t even see them.
So, no. You aren’t good enough. You will always fail on your own. But in Christ, you, my beautiful sister, are unblemished.
Live in the freedom of that truth today…