A couple days ago, I read a blog post from the wife of Christian singer Colton Dixon, and it really caught my attention with what she was talking about and how it affected her personally.
Annie Dixon grew aware of how fast her makeup bag was filling up with eye creams, concealers, and other “necessities” that us girls think we must have in order to look pretty. She realized that the more she collected and the more she put on her face, she never felt satisfied enough.
After reading her blog, which you can find at the end of this post, I started to think about my own life and all the “stuff” I have.
Before the summer of 2016, you could never get me to wear makeup. I despised it and wanted nothing to do with it, but because of acne and other problems, I was trying to find a way to hopefully dry up and “cure” my facial issues, so I resulted to wearing the minimal amount of makeup that I could possibly wear.
Over time, that foundation tube and brush that I started out with turned into me buying eye shadow, lipsticks, toners, acne creams, moisturizers, eyebrow pencils, mascara, and so much more. Makeup became a necessity, and I wanted to go all out with it.
Maybe you’re struggling with the same issue. Your single makeup bag may have turned into two, three, or even four different bags. You feel as if the only way you’ll ever measure up and feel pretty enough is if you doll yourself up in order to mask your imperfections and flaws.
If makeup is not your battle, maybe it’s self-worth, self esteem, acceptance, or the sense of feeling enough in general.
I see so many girls and guys today from a variation of all kinds of ages who are in a war between themselves and this world. They want to feel worthy enough to society, so they result to doing things to their bodies that are not pure and healthy. They want to feel accepted, so they result into eating the least possible each day in order to have that “perfect” body that turns into them becoming malnourished. They lift weights so much that they exhaust themselves over trying to have the six-pack or the muscles that they want. Girls get their hair dyed on a regular basis to keep up with what everyone else is doing to their hair. Guys try to buy the newest and latest shoes that come out daily or monthly in order to be “swag” and cool around their peers. People take hundreds of selfies, wasting minutes and hours trying to pick the perfect one to put on their social media pages, but they end up not posting anything because they don’t feel like the picture looks good enough.
I could keep listing so many different problems that we all have in today’s society. It’s a never ending book of endless situation and struggles that tear us to pieces all the way down to the core of our innermost being.
Do you find yourself awake at night, wondering if you’re good, perfect, pretty, skinny, tall, outgoing, ____________ enough? If none of these fit what you’re struggling with, fill in the blank to this next question: “Am I ______________ enough?”
It breaks my heart to see people obsessing over things and wasting so much time in order to try to measure up to the person sitting next to them or to the person on the other side of the world who they don’t even know.
Can I tell you something? You will NEVER measure up. You will NEVER be satisfied in wearing someone else’s shoes that are not your own. You will NEVER meet the standards of others because we are ALL unique and different in our own way.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about people having different gifts. We all have different gifts, but we all live under one God. Just like the body has several different parts to it, each part works together to keep one sole organism functioning.
As Christians, we are all unique in our own way, having different gifts according to what God has gifted us with, but we are all supposed to unite and function together in order to give glory to the head of the body of Christ, which is Jesus Himself.
In Psalm 139:14-16, it says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
Friend, when you find your identity in Christ and when you accept and believe and trust the fact that God has fearfully and wonderfully made you, you will find contentment and know that you are enough in Jesus. In this world, you will constantly be looking and grasping for things that will NEVER satisfy, but in Jesus, you will overflow with satisfaction forever. Psalm 107:9 says, “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
If you are longing for contentment from your never ending hunger and thirst after the things of this world, run to Jesus. He will show you that He is enough, and in Him you will know that you are enough and nothing else matters.
Taste and see that He is good, and let Him fill you up with His goodness from His Word that will keep you full and overflowing with all things from Him for all eternity.
You are enough because Jesus is enough.
1 Corinthians 12:1-31