Is it just me, or do you sometimes feel completely unqualified to do anything for God? I am sure we have all been there. Right? But why? Why do we feel unqualified to do what God wants us to do in life? This blog was inspired by a conversation my brother (Shamar) and I had recently. During a discussion about me finding a church home again, he asked me what I would like to do within the church that I would join. I paused and began to think. “Hmm. What would I like to do,” I thought to myself. I stated, “Well..” before scrambling to find the right words to say. I then told him that I did not know. However, I began to remember many things I enjoyed doing in church growing up. Praise dancing and church plays were two of my favorite things to do. I also remembered how much I enjoy writing and how I believed God wants to use it for His glory. I ended up mentioning how I believed writing could be something I could do. Immediately, I opened up and said, “To be honest, Shamar, I don’t feel qualified to do anything for God”.
He proposed a great question: “Why do you feel you’re not qualified? Who do you feel is qualified? Look at them and ask yourself what makes them more qualified than you”. He then made a statement, “God didn’t save you for you to just sit and not say anything”. Oof. True, true. I couldn’t even rebut. Since this conversation, I have been pondering the reason why I feel this way. To be completely honest? I really have not come up with why. I mean, it could be anything. Fear of the unknown. Fear of rejection. Fear of not being what is typically accepted in the church. Fear of the fact that I am so flawed and how (and why) on Earth would an awesome, perfect God want to use a little old me?
Sheesh. And this is why I write–it brings so much clarity! I think I found my answer. Fear. As I type this, I am reminded that God has not given me a spirit of fear. My hope as I move forward is that the fears I have are no longer magnified in my life. Praying for holy boldness to replace my rampant imposter syndrome!
For those of you reading this who feel as I do, what are your reasons? Is it fear? Insecurity? Not feeling prepared?
If you’re reading this, and you have managed to overcome these feelings, what did you do?
Leave your comments down below! Let’s uplift and encourage each other in the Lord.
*tip-toes back in* Oh yeah! Before I go, I want to leave you with a gentle reminder. Here is a quote that I absolutely love that speaks to those of us who feel unqualified to do God’s work:
“God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those who He calls”. May we all find solace, security, and encouragement in this knowledge and in the knowledge that, as the scripture states, “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Don’t forget to comment your feelings below. I look forward to reading your comments!