Unequipped and Not Good Enough

Posted: December 25, 2019 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Nigeria, Orphans, Patrice Miles, SIM

Whatever your title -teacher, mom, CEO, wife, business owner, friend, leader, sister, pastor, husband or father…do you ever feel unequipped and think God totally picked the wrong person for the job?

When I first got back to the U.S. in May I knew my role with my ministries was going to look much different. I needed to learn to speak at events and churches, network with people and businesses and create awareness of what God is doing in Egbe, Nigeria. I begged God to help me become that person who can engage a room full of people in easy conversations.  I watched Ted talks on public speaking and tried to do what they did but I sucked at it. I would get mad at myself for not being able to be a great advocate for C.A.R.E. Africa and our other ministries. What is wrong with me? Then one day I read a blog about a teenager who didn’t meet the criteria for the job.

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She was Young, Inexperienced, Simple, had no Training, Poor, and a Virgin!

But…… God chose her to be Jesus’ mother. Her willingness was the only qualification she had.. Luke 1:38a, b: “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’”

Mary had every reason to feel unequipped, yet she was told she was chosen and she only had one question: “‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’” (Luke 1:34, NIV)

The angel Gabriel in Luke 1:35-37 reminds her that what seems impossible to her is absolutely possible with God.

I look around and see amazing nonprofits run at such a professional level. I continue to think they are so much more qualified than I am…. I don’t even have a college degree!

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But I am reminded this Christmas season that all God wanted from Mary was her willingness and that is  all he wants from me too. He has given me all the gifts necessary to be a great mom, sister, friend, daughter, wife, advocate for my kids, staff and caregivers in Nigeria, marketing manager, child sponsorship manager, missions trip leader, speaker, fundraiser, CEO and whatever other role necessary.  I just needed to lift my willingness up to Him and let Him help me be the best version of me.

Are you feeling unequipped for the role you are in?  Should God have picked someone else for the job? Well you should know that God loves to show off and take ordinary people and do extraordinary things through them.

God doesn’t want us to perform for him. He simply wants us to say “YES” to Him.

When you see the manger scene this Christmas, look at Mary and be reminded of her “YES”. Lift up your willingness in all areas of your life –  at work, in ministry, at home,  with family, friends and neighbors. Let’s make our greatest desire in the New Year to be all God has called us to be and nothing more.

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  1. Fred Eicher says:

    You are not powerful enough to stop God from accomplishing all He chooses to do thru your life so don’t sweat it when He leads you into something new, He has it covered.

  2. knittyoma says:

    Merry Christmas! I have been following you and praying for you, got started mostly because I grew up with Don Campion in Nigeria, and have supported his family’s ministry in Egbe. I most likely cannot tell you anything you don’t know, but your letter was powerful and useful for the Kingdom. Great truths there for sure! I will continue praying for you, this country, as you know, is very wrapped up in itself, but as you spend much time with the Lord and His Word, you will glow with His Spirit, and He will call those out to lead with you. There are great days ahead for you!! Joshua 1 Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!! Joyce Miller from Oregon 503.910.7722

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  3. Bunny says:

    This is beautiful, Patrice. A great reminder of the power of our Savior when we say “yes” to his will in spite of our qualifications, or doubts, or energy. His grace is sufficient to fulfill his purpose , through us. What a powerful, awesome God He is, and when we say “ yes” He really shows off. Thanks for your encouragement and for being such a positive role model for all of us who struggle with unworthiness, doubt, and lack of confidence.

    • Thank you for this and I love the word energy in your comment. I forgot about that one as we all are so tired sometimes yet everything around us doesn’t slow down for us to rest so we have to choose to rest. Not easy for some of us.

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