Some people outgrow their childhood dreams; mine ended with a single phone call.
There were 10 girls trying out for 10 spots on the varsity cheerleading team. My bedroom walls were covered with cheerleading posters. My hours were filled with jumps, and my hands were always gripping pompoms.
Though the varsity tryouts seemed a formality, I cheered with all my might. I couldn’t wait to wear my new orange and black varsity cheerleading uniform. When I was cheering, I felt fully alive!
But after tryouts, I received a call.
I didn’t make the team. I wasn’t good enough—to them. I didn’t have what it would take, they said. The coaches decided they’d just rather go with nine cheerleaders that season.
Instead of putting on a cheerleading uniform for a season, I put on a lie that became the megaphone of my life: I wasn’t enough.
God didn’t want to use a not-good-enough girl like me.
Maybe you had a big dream when you were a little girl or boy, too. Something that made you feel fully alive. Being a published author, sharing Jesus with the masses, speaking at arena-filled events, serving behind the scenes, or traveling the world ministering to others. This is what you were created to do!
But along the way you picked up the lie that God doesn’t want to use you because of
● Your past
● Your poor choices
● Your small platform
● Your problems, weight, or age.
Or maybe someone told you, too, that you just aren’t enough.
In the New Testament, there was a woman who didn’t believe she was enough. The Bible calls her the Samaritan woman. She wasn’t just any woman; she was a woman who had a reputation marked by bad choices. Choices that caused people to whisper, judge, and stay away from her.
When Jesus saw the Samaritan woman, He didn’t keep His distance. He never does. Even though He knew her whole story, He leaned in, listened, and loved. He forgave her and gave her a brand-new life. Jesus changed her and it was enough to change an entire community!
The Samaritan woman’s mess became a life-changing message.
John 4:39 (NIV) says, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’”
Christ can do the same for you. The place you find yourself in today—even if it’s messy—is the very place Jesus desires to meet you so that you can do what you’ve been created to do.
Jesus did it for the Samaritan woman. He did it for me. After high school, my mess became a drug and alcohol addiction that nearly took my life. But His message through me today is that in Christ, we are forgiven, chosen, and loved—period. Redeemed by His love, some now say I’m God’s sparkly cheerleader, created to equip girls and women to know God’s life-changing Truth.
Friend, when the enemy tries to whisper the lie that you’re not enough, you have a choice. You can listen to the lies or declare, “Enough! The Truth is that in Christ I am enough and have been created on purpose, for a purpose. I’m choosing to believe who God says I am and trust Him as He uses me to impact the world!”
Dear God, thank You that in Jesus I am equipped, enough, and loved. Period. Thank You that You created me with purpose and potential. Please use me to impact the world both in big and small ways. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Question: What experience in your life made you feel like you weren’t “enough?” How did you overcome that challenge, or are you still struggling? How can the Speak Up Tribe be praying for you?
Cindy Bultema loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to celebrate! Cindy is the Executive Director of GEMS, the go-to ministry for girls’ spiritual growth. Cindy is also a passionate women’s speaker, Speak Up faculty member, and author of two Bible studies, Red Hot Faith and Live Full Walk Free. Connect with Cindy at www.cindybultema.com.