Most of us look at successful people and think "Ah, surely these are people who have it altogether." They are smart, hard working, talented, beautiful, wealthy, whatever their gifts are... Whether they are a famous movie star, CEO of a company, sports figure or an author like me, most people believe that with success comes some sort of uniqueness or power. I'm always amazed when I meet people who know me only by my writing. They often tell me that they were intimidated to meet me, that they thought I must be some kind of spiritual giant because of my blog posts and the strong Biblical themes in my books. It makes me laugh. Truth is, I'm just as messed up and inadequate as anyone else.
God doles out talent to everyone. Whether we choose to use what He has given us is up to us. In fact, I have come to believe that God tends to use the most messed up people to do His most important tasks. There is example after example all through the Bible.
Moses stuttered and didn't want to lead God's people out of Egypt
Gideon was the least of all the men in his tribe and from the least tribe in Israel yet God used him to defeat an army.
Ruth was an impoverished foreigner
David was the family runt.
Do I need to go through Jesus's disciples? Talk about a bunch of weak, power-hungry, doubters.
The Apostle Paul murdered Christians for a living
You may be surprised to discover that I NEVER feel confident when I'm writing my books. I always feel inadequate. I always wonder what the heck am I doing? How can I write a novel and expect people to buy it and enjoy it? Who do I think I am? So often I still feel like that shy, insecure little girl who grew up without a Father's love and who all her life wondered if she was worth anything. I'm being completely honest with you. I feel that way most of the time!
But here's the thing. God always steps in when we come to the end of ourselves. In fact, He loves to do that. He loves for us to come to Him and say., "Father, I'm out of my league. You've asked me to do this thing and I'm terrified. I don't know what I"m doing. I don't have the talent, the money, the skill to do it." God loves that. Why? Because He can show up HUGE and in the process of our leaning on Him, not only is the task accomplished far better than if we had done it alone, but our relationship with Him grows to greater depths than we could have imagined.
Which brings me to 2 points.
If you're feeling inadequate. If you feel insecure, terrified, like you're out of the boat in a storm. If you feel like you just can't do what God is asking you to do. GREAT! You're in the perfect place for a miracle! Just lean on Him
Success without God is empty. Atheists can still use their God-given talents and achieve great success in this life. But the end result is nothing but emptiness and pain, because once you reach the top, where else is there to go? What else is there to do? What happens when you get sick or get old? What does your success do for you then?
So many of those we idolize as important successful people are living tragic lives of depression, anxiety, divorce, substance abuse, and intense insecurities. If only they knew that they could bring all their inadequacies to God and allow Him to give them purpose, life, love, and hope.