We allow the above question to attach itself to so many areas of our lives. It travels through the mind of every young person entering into the world of sports. Actors ask this of themselves with each role presented to them. First-time parents have this wonder floating through their brain months before their child enters this world. It is a phrase that is voiced both out loud and inside from an early age. That healthy competition that begins in our youth sparks the flames of self-doubt as we enter into our teens and those flames are fanned into adulthood.
Am I good enough? It is a subjective question. Many times asked and answered solely based on one’s feelings or comparison to others. This question is reflected in the eyes of contestants during our Nashville Rising Star songwriter open-mic competition. As rounds continue and each songwriter listens to others share their songs, what they thought was a great song they had crafted, they now question.
For many Christian creatives, they find this to be a daily and ongoing struggle. They state and truly feel that they have been called by God to use their talents for His glory. The words, though, find themselves precariously perched upon a double-edged sword. Doubt heavily weighs upon them and their creativity wanes. Put on shelves awaiting the dust to settle.
Am I good enough? Every human has voiced this at some time in their life. It seems to come with the role of being human. The words that are being penned in this article are not directed to the person that has a momentary thought. It is the second thought and the third thought and those that are without end that will incapacitate vision and cripple mission. A Christian who writes and performs to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to give the world hope through their music and to bring joy to an audience, must learn how to become the master of that thought.
Am I good enough? I sought God’s word for the answers.
Isaiah 43:4- Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
Ephesians 2:10- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Psalm 138:8- The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Isaiah 49:16- See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
Psalm 139:13-14- For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
It seems to us that God thinks you are good enough. As a matter of fact, we believe He puts a strike through the word enough.
The real question when one ponders ‘am I good enough?’ should not be determining the amount of goodness in one’s heart or art. The question we should ask ourselves is, ‘good enough for what?’ First we must define the word good, quantify the word enough and finally determine the word what.
You may be thinking, at this juncture, about the individuals who truly cannot carry a tune or write a lyric worth reading. This article is not challenging those facts. Training and education are a necessity in every field. Striving to always grow better in your gifts is a given.
Everyone is called to different avenues with their gifts. Talent is something that will be recognized and brought to the forefront. Some are given large platforms in which to help change the hearts of man through music. Others are called to their local church to lead worship in their congregation. Many will use music to just reach that one, with a guitar and a song that came from their heart.
Knowing that you are good enough is a first step in honoring what God has called you to do. Made good by our Father in heaven, sheds a whole new light.
Creatively His, Keith and Sue Mohr
Keith and Sue Mohr
Mohr Creative Group
Keith Mohr and Sue Ross-Mohr of “The Mohr Creative Group” have years of experience serving independent Christian artists, musicians and songwriters. Keith founded Indieheaven.com in 2002, the leading portal for Christian independent music. Sue Ross-Mohr founded The Inner Vizion in 2003, a creative promotions /marketing/ consulting service to individuals and companies worldwide. Also check out Indie Mechanics for more helpful info!