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My Struggle with Feeling Inadequate

This past Sunday we began a new series titled, “Altar Ego”, based upon the book of the same name by Craig Groeschel. The whole premise of what we are talking about is that all of struggle with our EGO.

Ego: A person’s sense of self-esteem or self importance.

In other words, our ego is what we believe or think about ourselves.

Some of us think to HIGHLY of ourselves. That’s not good. (Romans 12:3). Others of us think too LOWLY of ourselves. As creations and children of our Great God, Who created us on purpose, that’s not good either (Jer 1:6-8).

There are many reasons we struggle with feeling insecure and inadequate. Whether it be because someone has spoken some negative thoughts into your life that has affected your self esteem our it be because you are guilty of comparing yourself to others – the feelings are real and they can be crippling.

In the message I shared my biggest insecurity that has crippled me in the area of feeling inadequate. Now, I’m not gonna rehash my whole message here **I hope that you will listen to the message – I believe it will be incredibly helpful because everyone I know has some sort of insecurity** but I have found myself to be incredibly insecure in many areas through the years. I try to deal with these insecurities because I know that it will affect my ability to lead this great church. But the one I keep coming back to is 

The Inadequacy I feel as a Pastor.

The good news is it’s less about ME than I usually think. God truly has this – I just have to lean into Him, love love, wisdom, love and leadership. The pressure of leading Vertical is real and there have been many times that I felt I was in over my head. Here are some of the feelings I have (see if you can relate):

  • I don’t feel qualified to lead as I do… (I have been told as much)
  • I don’t feel smart enough to do what I do… (I’m not the smart kid that just gets good grades for showing up)
  • I see others who appear to be so much better than me at what I do… (I only see their highlight reels)
If I don’t watch out I will be bound by my feelings of inadequacy.

In the message I shared a very UNCOMFORTABLE story about the way that God affirmed me and my calling on the very week that I would talk to my church about this feeling of inadequacy. It’s just like God to step in right on time and say, “You belong to Me – I got you!” That’s how I felt that day.

Which brings us back to you? What are you most insecure about? Where do you feel most inadequate? Maybe you feel like…

  • “I’m not good enough to do what I’m supposed to be doing!” I had multiple convos with people after both services who had similar experiences to mine. High standing, high ranking, leader type people who weren’t “qualified” in the world’s eyes to do what they do. But they do it and they do it well. You don’t feel good enough? Cry out to Him for His power to do what He has placed you in position to do.
  • “I’m not smart enough to hang!” Call out to God, express your heart, spend time in the quiet with Him. Receive His wisdom. (Psalm 1:1-2)
  • “I just don’t know how to get everything done that I’m supposed to get done!” Stop what you’re doing, breathe deep, pray, and receive the strength that comes when you surrender what you are doing to the One Who has the strength to make it happen.

28 ”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

You have everything you need to do what you need to do. Most likely you just need to lay it down before God, on His “Altar” and receive. God has given you more than you think.

Got something to say? Go for it!