I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy. These are persistent thoughts which torment us. We resist them with lots of positive affirmations to varying degrees of success. Frustratingly, our positive words can fall on our own deaf ears if our spirit knows differently. This can make us feel defeated and like a failure. What can we do to feel good about ourselves?
As we discover that what we resist persists, are we to accept our nothingness? Surprisingly, the answer is YES! Just as Nephi laments in 2 Nephi 4:17, “O wretched man that I am!” we must also accept that we really aren’t good enough and that we are unworthy. If not, there would be no need for the Atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we come to the realization that it is not necessary for us to be perfected on our own, we can truly accept our Savior’s redeeming grace. Nephi again teaches us in 2 Nephi 4:30-31, “Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul?” Of course, we all do the best we can to not succumb to the negative messages the adversary speaks to our minds. There is great strength in speaking our truth of being children of God, the seed of Diety. Let us remember, however, without Him we are nothing and that’s OK because He is with us always. In Him, we are perfected. In Him, we have hope. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.
By – Kathy Truman