You Were Created For This

I'm not one to burden myself with the opinions of others. That's the message I prefer to convey. Despite that fact, I'm going to be transparent here; It's not easy for me to admit when circumstances cause me to feel insignificant, inadequate or flawed.

I enjoy the impression of being significant, capable and, connected. I mean, don't you?

Looking back at my high school days, I often felt otherwise. I searched for friendships where I could feel connected. I was in pursuit of a group where I felt like I belonged. But I never quite settled myself into any such group. When I would begin to establish a friendship, I quickly accepted the conclusion that I was unnecessary in the scheme of things. I often failed to find sufficient common ground with these potential friendships. As a result, I never went much deeper than surface level with anyone.

I'll illustrate. 

Remember on The Bachelor (in interest of admitting our flaws  I do admittedly watch the Bachelor) when a girl arrives to the show three weeks into the process and you can tell that all the other relationships have already progressed and there's just no chance of her ever catching up to their level.

This is comparatively how I felt coming into any previously established group of friends. I felt like other relationships were like Evergreen trees, with deep roots ― while I was a cactus with nothing but shallow roots, no prospect of growing and flourishing as profound roots as the others. (Disclaimer: this is in no way an insult to cacti, I love cacti.)

Undoubtedly Jesus is with you where you are, but what do you do when you don't feel worthy enough when it comes to other people and other circumstances? 

This is not exclusive to friendships. What about when you don't feel like you've had enough practice before a big game? What about when you don't feel like you've studied sufficiently for a big exam? What about when you don't feel skilled enough for that monumental job you're applying for. What about when you don't feel prepared enough to do the work of the Lord?

These are things I certainly struggle with and I know I'm not alone in it. 

I'm currently reading a book by the wonderful Shannan Martin and I truly relate to her circumstances. "Our lives had done exactly nothing to prepare us for this reality." (Falling Free page 6) Shannan felt called by the Lord to do something she would assuredly never have chosen on her own and she felt ill-prepared for it.

I even feel unequipped to write this for you. I mean, you're reading this and what if I wrote something that is false. Should I even be sharing this at all?

God, surely someone else is more equipped. Look elsewhere for someone you can use. (Who am I to call God out with false accusations of his failure to complete me...?!) Nevertheless, these thoughts cross my mind. 

With my college career coming to a rapid close, my current season consists of of intern/job hunting and intense soul searching. It can be incredibly discouraging at times like this to feel unworthy or unprepared. I've received countless emails informing me something along the lines of, "we've chosen candidates who more closely fit the skill set we are seeking for." Rough man. Sometimes, just one word in a job description is enough to turn me off from applying in the first place and cause me to feel inferior to the position.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:8-10

You are not unworthy. That is the devils lies that you must refuse to allow a grip on you. Instead, let God take hold of your heartstrings. Listen to His truth.

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

Before you are born, God planned great things for you. The belief that you aren't equipped to do them is the belief that God isn't who He says He is. Jesus died for you because He thought you were good enough. He thought you were better than "good enough."

He thought you were a masterpiece. 

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:26-31

There is nothing God calls you to that He doesn't walk you through. If He brings you to it, He will walk you through it.

“God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue… He is able to do what you can’t. He already has a plan. God’s not bewildered. Go to Him.” - Max Lucado

You may feel incapable or unworthy, but your God is not. Trust Him that what He is going to provide you with everything you need. He is crafting you and molding you into His child. His capable child.

Grow in His love. Grow in His knowledge. Grow in His understanding. When you hold tight to your faith in Him, He is able to do immeasurably more than you ask. When you trust in Him, the world will see His goodness through your leap of faith. You can't do it on your own apart from Him and the beauty is that He didn't walk with you to the edge of the diving board only to leave you jump on your own.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

I recently wrote of my missions trip to New Orleans, LA. Let's be real, it's not particularly enticing to travel twenty six hours on a bus with forty other people and to live in bunks with the potential of impromptu visits from creepy crawlers in the middle of the night. Nevertheless, I followed God's call to serve the people of New Orleans. Thank God I did, because I came out of it with five other girls I can now call my best friends and sisters in Christ. Now we all have the opportunity to encourage each other in our walks with Christ and it is an unbelievable blessing. I don't dare think about where I'd be had I not followed that calling. After all, this was a prayer of mine from my early days of high school.

The extent to which you allow Him to work through you, is the extent to which He will accomplish great things through you. Instead of holding back out of fear of inadequacy when an opportunity arrises, jump on it and be bold in your faith. Step outside of your comfort zone. 

You were created to live outside of your comfort zone. It is a part of the very fibers of your being. 

You are called to freedom. You have a choice. Will you continue to hold back out of fear, or will you live confidently knowing that you were created for this. He desires to use you in radical ways but part of that equation is your faith that He will. You are called into greatness, not mediocrity. 

I'll leave you with this profound quote:

"We need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the getting to the 'do' part of faith." - Bob Geoff

With confidence,


  1. That quote is perfect! I find myself in need of that reminder daily right now. Thank you - and good luck on your job search! God is saving the right job for you!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  2. "When you trust in Him, the world will see His goodness through your leap of faith," I love this. As someone that can not decide if they have faith or not (I married into a catholic family with little religious background myself), I feel trust is my biggest issue. I don't quite feel ready for that leap of faith but maybe one day :) Lovely read.

    1. Hey! I can totally relate with the trust issues haha, that's where faith comes in! Let me know if you ever want to talk about faith. Thanks for the read :)

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  4. Great post! Very well said. Keep on writing, you have a gifting, and where you feel weak God will prove to be faithful and give you strength. I've seen Him do it time and time again through my own blog. I'll be sharing this on my facebook page. You can see it here when I share it:
    XOXO, Amaris --

    1. Oh my Amaris! You just made my day! I feel like so often we doubt our own gifts, because we're constantly comparing them to others. You are unbelievably sweet and I thank you so much for the encouragement!

  5. Heather, what an inspiring post! I just started blogging a few months ago and there are so many moments where I question myself. Do I really know what I'm talking about? Do my thoughts and ideas really matter? Thank you for the verses!

    1. Isn't it great to encourage each other!?! No matter how many times someone tells me that my writing has inspired them, I'll still doubt that I'm any good or that what I'm saying actually means anything to anyone. It's a messy thought pattern that's for sure! Thank you so much for the sweet message!

  6. I just accepted a new job today and I was feeling all of these things! This is so timely. Thank you for sharing your heart and such biblical truth! Also, that Bob Goff quote at the end is PERFECT!

    1. Courtney, thanks for your sweet message, it warms my heart to know that it related to you! Congrats on the new job too!!! How exciting!