Christmas has a way of bringing out deep feelings about yourself that no other time of year does.
You are super busy checking things off your to-do list feeling like you’ll never get it all done.
There’s so much to spend money on, and you may feel financially stretched.
Most likely you are around your family more often than usual which may be tension filled.
Social media is flooded with pictures and status updates of other people doing all kinds of activities and spending a bunch of money this time of year, and you may feel like you aren’t doing enough.
On top of all that, you are probably reminiscing over the past year and thinking about the goals you didn’t reach, and wondering if you should even attempt to make any for 2020.
All of this can lead to the thought, “I’m not good enough.”
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But with the Christmas season, I’m also meditating on the Christian Christmas story, and as a Christian that’s where I find my truth about my self worth.
This year, a certain part of the Christmas story has been especially encouraging to me. It’s the fact that God chose to tell the shepherds about the long awaited Savior’s birth. Not religious people. Not wealthy people.
It’s easy to skip over that fact, and think, yeah, that’s those guys who took care of sheep.
But here’s the thing about shepherds…
They weren’t accepted as a normal part of society. They were on the outside looking in.
Do you ever feel that way at Christmas time?
Like you aren’t really accepted. Neither did the shepherds, but God accepted them and He accepts you too.
Shepherds didn’t make a lot of money. Most of the time, they worked for someone else who owned the sheep and the land.
They didn’t have high education, money, or fancy titles, but God said, That’s okay, I want you to be the FIRST ones to see Jesus.
Because that’s what God does. He uses you right where you are at.
He’s not concerned with your job title or your bank account statement. God doesn’t show favoritism. He loves you no matter what and will use you no matter what.
Our society often equates money, education, and titles as being someone, and if you’re a stay at home mom, you may not feel like you’re a big deal.
You may even tell people, I’m *just* a stay at home mom.
When you focus on circumstances instead of truth, you have feelings of …
- not good enough
- not measuring up
But when you meditate on truth, those thoughts are replace with the truth that you are…
The last thing that struck me about the shepherds was this. They heard the angels and then said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They didn’t let their position in society stop them from seeing Jesus. They could have felt sorry for themselves, made up a bunch of excuses, and said,
“No, let’s stay here. We aren’t good enough. No one likes us. We smell like sheep. No one wants us near a newborn baby.”
But they didn’t give into the lie that they weren’t good enough!
They had tender, willing hearts and were able to experience one of history’s biggest events.
This Christmas, I encourage you to ignore the thoughts and feelings that say you aren’t good enough.
God loves you so much that he sent Jesus to be born in a world he created. So that he could die on a cross made from a tree he created to take the punishment of your sins.
Remember the shepherds. Remember that God so loved the world and that means you, and you are good enough because God says so.