Karen Faris


There are so many voices influencing how we see ourselves, but most of those voices are not helpful. What is the voice that matters?

Am I enough?  What does that even mean?  I hear the message…girl-power kind of message… “Girl, you are enough and don’t let anyone tell you differently!”  But I don’t find this type of human-based, rah-rah, just-believe-in-yourself encouragement to be that helpful.  Because in this world, you get conflicting messages from other humans.  “Girl, you are enough!” gets quickly overtaken by messages that you aren’t young enough for this or pretty enough for that or smart enough for this person or qualified enough for that job.  You aren’t mature enough for a certain responsibility, and you know you aren’t outgoing enough to walk into that room full of people.  Right now, I’m not small enough to fit into some of my pants, because I’ve not been self-controlled enough to stay away from certain foods.  (Dang it.)

In all of this mess, the resounding message of comfort to me is this:  I don’t have to be enough.   For anyone.  Not even for myself.  I just need to look to Jesus.  He asks for my faith and my obedience.  And even when those falter (and they do) His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning.  It’s His Spirit that fills me, and His Word that equips me.  Any “enough” that I have comes from Him, not from me.  And the “enough” that He provides is tailored to accomplish His purposes. Listen to His words to His followers:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:4-5)

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When that accusing voice, usually the one in my own head, says that I’m not enough, I can heartily agree and then look to my beloved Savior, the One who is enough.

Karen is a wife of a Minister for the past 30 years, much of that in Sport ministry and the last few years in a local Church, in New Hampshire, USA.

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