The other day I saw a pendant with a simple phrase on it, “I am enough.” I mentioned it to Jim and we talked about it. I loved the phrase because all my life I have questioned myself, beat myself down, and wondered when I would be “enough” in the eyes of others in my life. Jim said the phrase is too self-focused, and it should say Jesus is enough. And he isn’t wrong. We have to be careful not to elevate ourselves about Yahweh in our lives. We need to guard against ego and pride.
Yet, I understand the emotion behind the message very much because I have lived it.
I have been trying to think of a way to explain “I am enough” in a way that it doesn’t appear we toss Abba out of our lives and start thinking we are in control. I wanted to present the message that we don’t need to think ourselves of little worth. This morning an idea came to me about the potter’s clay.
But now, Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 WEB
We are the work of his hands – He made us wonderfully and His works are marvelous! (Psalm 139:14) We should know this value in us. Yet the world beats us down and judges us harshly sometimes, and we then, often, turn that condemnation onto ourselves. We are often our worst judge, too. Yet if we just look at how He made us. We would see that “I am enough.”
Imagine Abba grabbing a lump of fresh clay, placing it on the potter’s wheel, spinning, crafting, molding and developing that clay into the most beautiful bowl, vase or pitcher. Throughout the process he sprinkles it with water, smoothing, carving, and working the clay. The process may take a short time or a long time, depending on the desired project. Once finished and fired, He will be able to use that pottery for the purposes He created it.
You see, He took the clay, not too little, not too much, just enough, and created each of us in His image. Then, throughout our lives, He forms us, shapes us, sculpts us into what He wants us to become. Yet He always started with “enough.”
Remember, YOU are that vase or pitcher, and you ARE enough. It doesn't mean you become stagnant. It doesn’t mean you are perfect. It doesn’t mean you can do as you please with the contents inside you. It means you will serve the purpose Yahweh created you to serve. You ARE enough. Now, allow Him to mold you, shape you, and use you for your true purpose in life.
Blessings and Shalom.
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Jim, (Judi's husband), has Sephardi Jewish ancestry and is a minister and head of Shofar Productions. Jim was a denominational pastor, hospital chaplain, and former director of a non-profit community organization.
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