Find It Only Here On Friday: Am I Good Enough?

Scott Couchenour is a certified life coach
and founder and president of Serving Strong Enterprises LLC. ,
a company which benefits ministry leaders by providing resources and life coaching
on how they can avoid burnout in their leadership.

Scott is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
His Café exclusive “Am I Good Enough?” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know
how an Encouragement Leader like Scott Couchenour
has himself been encouraged in his own faith recently.

In his own words…

I’ve found God and He’s in the small victories.
He’s in the big, glamorous miracles that hit the headlines too.
But for me, the small every day victories paint the picture of a God
who is patient, loving, and challenging through life’s ebb and flow.
I see Him in the interactions with others and in the peace amid the difficult uncertainties.

 

 

 

 

Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Am I Good Enough?”
by Scott Couchenour

Don’t fool yourself …

I know you’ve asked this question just as I have. And if you’ve open this post hoping to find answers to the insecurity you feel,
stop reading now, lest you experience disappointment in the next few minutes.

As I go through a career transition at the precarious age of 50, I realize I have been wrestling with this question more than I’m comfortable admitting. After spending over half my life at one place of employment, I feel like one of those guys who talk about how lost they feel hitting the dating scene after decades of marriage. Have you ever felt lost like this?

There are two anchor scriptures …

I’ve been carrying with me. One that admonishes me not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4). The other to trust in the Lord with all my heart (Proverbs 3). These have helped me throughout this unique transition of life. But they don’t help me with the nagging question, “Am I good enough?”

Although I still wrestle with the question (which I’m sure you do too), here are a few things I’m processing. I trust they will help you in your own “am I good enough” question:

1) God is bigger than my mind can comprehend.

Just because I feel insecure doesn’t mean I AM insecure. The battles of the mind are fought with incomplete information. We are finite. We cannot understand it all.

2) Understanding is a dangerous proposition.

Isaiah 40 indicates that God’s understanding is something no one can fathom. Proverbs 3 tells us not to lean on our own understanding.  What would you do if you were truly face to face with the answer to the question of “Am I good enough?” Would you be adequately prepared for the truth?

3) Watch that the question does not keep you from continuing in your journey.

Stick to what you ARE certain of. Do your best with what you know. Can you imagine what the Sistine Chapel would be like if Michelangelo hadn’t picked up the brush for fear of being good enough?

Our human condition is a funny thing, isn’t it?

Here we exist at the hand of the Creator and we have the nerve to ask, “Am I good enough?” But yet we ask.

If you wrestle with this question today, I’m praying for you as I write this. May the Creator slip in close to you, not necessarily with the answers, but with His presence.

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About the author : Scott Couchenour

Scott Couchenour

Scott Couchenour married a preacher’s kid over 27 years ago. God gave them two incredible children who are both pursuing God's unique call on their lives.

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