Have you ever felt inadequate? Have you ever felt VERY inadequate? Do you feel like to be something great, you have to be something that someone else already is?
Welcome to the human experience…
…an experience where we are blinded to our true selves…
…and spend our entire existence trying to remember who (and whose) we really are.
We forget that we are, in all actuality, supreme spiritual beings; breathtaking beings; beautiful, capable, talented beings. Each one of us is a spiritual being living in a human existence where our potential beyond any earthly measure.
And, yet, we spend all of our time comparing ourselves to all the other beings we see. We compare talents. We compare houses. We compare handwriting and typing speeds. We compare grades. We compare bodies and voices and hair colors and educational degrees.
We compare everything.
And when we get caught up in this trap of comparison, we become insecure with who we really are.
Surprisingly enough, pretty much everyone is insecure about pretty much all the same things.
Loosely translated, this means that the same insecurities that you are struggling with are the same ones most of the universe is struggling with. And what is at the top of most every human’s struggle list? Inadequacy.
We think we’re not enough.
- Because we don’t sing like so-and-so, we are not enough.
- Because we don’t get that promotion, we are not enough.
- Because we don’t fit into that size of jeans, we are not enough.
- Because we don’t get perfect grades, we are not enough.
Our list of inadequacies starts at a young age and goes on and on and on and yet, nearly everyone you come across has the exact same feelings of inadequacy. So what can we do to escape the trap of comparison?
In his new teen-centered Turtle Talk, Spiritual Beings in a Human Experience, Dr. Matt Townsend shares multiple comical stories about how he came to understand that his struggles were not his identity…and neither were his mistakes.
Your entire family will literally LOL as Dr. Townsend recounts how embracing the nickname “loin boy” and purchasing a snorkel from a world-famous swimmer have influenced the person he is today.
After his health forced him to walk away from his radio career, Dr. Townsend felt a little bit lost. “I had to figure out who I was,” he said. “I lost my identity and gained a new one.”
What was the new identity? It can be summed up in the following quote by Boyd K. Packer:
You are a spiritual being in a human experience.
You were already pretty amazing when you came to earth. What more can you possibly do on this earth that is going to WOW your Heavenly Father!?!
Nothing. He already knows that you are enough for Him.
So shouldn’t you see yourself as enough for you?