Many, when they hear or read things like “Christianity can be summed up with the two words, “you’re enough” will say “that’s not what the Bible says”. I get that. To a degree.
But saying “that’s not what the Bible says” implies a certain understanding of the Bible. A more Google-like understanding.
If you’ve ever been in an conversation about who won the 2012 Best Actor award, someone will eventually says “Google it”. Then the disagreement ends. Many view the Bible the same way.
What is the definition of a Christian? Bible it. Disagreement over.
Unfortunately, the Bible rarely works this way, even when asking facts... “How many stalls of horses did Solomon have?” (The Bible actually gives two answers for that one. Whoops.)
And this is not just a Christian problem. Everyone uses this thing as though it’s some database of answers. (We’ll get into all of that later but, for now, it’s not!)
That’s not to say it doesn’t have some amazing words in it. Like the name of this post.
The first time I came across these words, I couldn’t stop reading them. They just jumped off the page. The optimism, the inspiration, the shouts of “enough”.
I think they are true but I also want them to be true. They are empowering just to read.
A guy named John wrote the words and they found their way into the Bible. The same Bible that says some pretty terrible things has phrases like the one above.
Read them again, just for fun.
I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to cause certain things to happen. I’ve learned it’s more worthwhile spending my time trying to become more aware of what is already happening and I think the Bible has been trying to tell that story for a long time.
You are valuable, your are worthy, you are beautiful, you are powerful. You are love. There is nothing more that needs to be done or can be done to make the authentic you any more of those things.