How To Kill Inadequacy With One Verse

 

Do I Have What It Takes?

Men, like it or not, we all deal with feeling inadequate at times. My favorite book ever, Wild At Heart by John Eldredge, is based on the premise that at the core of every man’s heart is this question:

“Do I have What It Takes?

Since I’ve read this book five times now, it’s message obviously rings true to me. I’ve also taken other men through the book, and found I’m not alone in wrestling with this question.

I’m not talking about minor stuff, like “do I have what it takes to change a tire.”

This question confronts me, as it does with most men, in the most challenging situations.

  • Do I have what it takes to really live out my purpose?
  • Do I have what it takes to raise my children in such a broken world?
  • Do I have what it takes to capture my wife’s heart, despite her front row seat to all my issues?
  • Do I have what it takes to be courageous at work, and speak up when needed?

I know that the core of who I am is a new creation made in the image of God. But our default responses usually reveal what we really believe. And too often, when life demands that I step up and be the man, my default response is passivity.

Passivity is automatic when you feel inadequate.

So how do we “fix” this? 

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