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We often feel inadequate to accomplish certain things in life, such as completing a task at work or starting a new relationship. Feeling inadequate is common and it occurs for many different reasons. The Bible says feeling inadequate is a chance to trust in the power of God’s will.

For example, the Apostle Paul felt inadequate to accomplish the work of ministering to the Corinthians. But God reassured him saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This is a lesson to all of us who feel inadequate in the pursuit of our goals.

We often feel the most inadequate when we rely solely on our own strength to conquer our challenges. We should remember that when we feel a lack in qualification to do something in life, know that God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. How so? By filling humanity with his spirit. God said, “I will pour out my spirit on all humanity.”

God has no limit in what he can do for humanity. The only thing that limits him are the limits we place on ourselves, or the limits we permit others to place on us. Every day advertisers spend billions of dollars trying to convince us that without their product we are inadequate or incomplete. Don’t believe them. Their ads play on our emotions by making us feel like we need their product to be successful and capable.

When you experience feelings of inadequacy, remember your unique giftedness that God has endowed you with. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.” Your gift may be undiscovered, undeveloped, or unused, but it resides within you.

God supplies us with as much grace as we need for every situation we face in life. Grace for facing illness or grace for financial needs; grace for our lack of wisdom or grace for lack of social skills; grace for dealing with all kinds of events in life.

When life throws challenges your way and you feel unequipped to face them, remember that God’s grace is there for your asking. Pray to him to help you through your situation and trust that he will honor your prayer. Be blessed and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Dr. Walter Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net