While at the dentist office yesterday, my hygienist had mentioned to me that one of her coworkers was from Kentucky as well. She mentioned to me that it seems that many Kentuckians get married young and leave the state. I told her that I got married at the age of twenty and moved away as well. My hygienist found that to be crazy considering that people my age should be focusing on college and getting a career.
If I’m being completely honest, when I got home I did feel a little down about myself. Not because of my hygienist, but because of my lack of a career. When my husband joined the Army, I had to give up a career that I truly loved. But now, I’m working a full-time temporary job that isn’t what I thought it would be, making me miserable for ten hours a day.
Laying on the couch, I thought to myself, “What will I ever be good at?” “Will I ever know what I want to do with my life or will I continue to change my mind a thousand times?” “Is being a wife enough?”
The answer that came to me was this: I am enough.
God doesn’t operate the way that our society does today. Instead of looking at our degrees or achievements, God looks at who we are as a person. God looks at us and sees our beauty, our worth, and our potential. When society tells us we are not enough because we don’t have a career or maybe even a job because we are stay-at-home wives or moms, God tells us we are enough.
So in my moments of self-pity and regret last night, God reminded me that where I am at in my life right now is enough. I may not have a degree completed or a fancy career like some do, but I have a clean house that I work hard for, groceries in my fridge and cabinets that I work hard for, and a loving husband that I get to come home to everyday.
We all want to be somebody special. We all want to feel important and accomplished. But sometimes in the midst of seeking for those things, we forget that we are special and important to God. We forget that our duties as wives and moms can and should make us feel accomplished.
If you are feeling less than today because those around you are finishing college or they may have awesome, portable careers that they love and you don’t, remember that you’re enough as you are. Our lives are not meant to be lived in competition with each other. Focus on your life and who you are at this moment and let God lead you to your passions and help you achieve your goals.
Ephesians 1:6 says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”