I have a creative side with a roomful of craft supplies to prove it. My latest project (or obsession according to my husband) is making cards. With stamps, edging scissors, and varied textures and colors of paper, the combinations seem endless. My style is straightforward with layering and color contrast.
I see the cards as an expression of my faith for each card will hold a prayer for the recipient. I join others to make and send cards to cancer survivors and their families through the Cancer Hope ministry of SouthBrook Christian Church. (Click here for my previous post on this wonderful ministry.)
A core group of people meet to share ideas and produce cards for the ministry’s use. I bring my stash of cards to share, pleased with the results of my efforts at home. That is, until I compare my cards to those of the more creative and craftier people on the team. What once filled me with satisfaction, now feels embarrassingly simplistic. I ask myself, “Am I good enough?”
Satan wants us to compare ourselves with others. For it takes our perspective off of God’s gifting to us as individuals and places it in an arena of competition for God’s seemingly limited blessings. Satan uses lies to discourage us from God’s purpose for our lives. The truth of God reminds us that:
- God has more than enough blessings to go around and then some more.
- Everyone’s part in the body of Christ is needed and used by God.
- Done for and through God, our efforts will always be more than good enough in the hands of God.
The question is no longer, “Are we good enough?” The question becomes, “Do we trust God enough to use us for His glory?”
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.