Good enough?


The sound quality isn’t great, but this is a terrific song. (By a terrific new group, BTW.)

In part,

God, help me to be
closer to you, Lord, so I’m farther from me.
And may your kingdom be the only one that I seek.

God, help me to see
That everything was good when you created all things.
Now let me see with those same eyes that created me, oh God. Oh, God.


How can we be righteous or holy? How can we be good enough? Christians are supposed to be good, after all. Not just for God, but because that’s what others expect of us. We want to be good. Who doesn’t want to be seen as good or good at something in some way? With or without realizing it, we make lists in our minds of all the things we need to do to be good people and good Christians. Yet the Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Is 64:6) Jesus himself asked someone “How can you say that I’m good? There’s no one good but God.” (Mk 10:18, Lk 18:19) So how can we be good enough?

We can’t become good enough. When God made the heavens and the earth, He looked at what He’d made and said it was good. What didn’t dawn on me was that He didn’t just make the world. He made me. He declared His work, including me, good. Sin came and messed up that perfect picture. But God made a way, through Jesus, for us to be remade. And through Christ, He can look not only at His creation but also on us who He’s remade and smile, and say it is good. On my own, I will never be good enough. In Him–even with my mistakes, my faults, and my failures–when I live in Him and through Him, when He looks on His handiwork (including me and you), not only is what He’s done good enough, but it is perfect.

After years of trying to be good enough, I pray to see through the eyes that created me… to see, as He does, that I’m good. Not for what I’ve done, but just because He made me.







About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on July 31, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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