She said it: I was too short, and I couldn’t dance. Would I ever be good enough?
“It’s a pity you’re so short that you have to stand in the front,” my teacher said. “You’re the worst dancer in the class.”
Imagine getting told that in front of your entire choir class. It was said with humor, and I responded with a small, forced chuckle, but I was mortified. My teacher had choreographed simple dance steps for us to perform with one of our concert pieces. Unfortunately, I’ve always been clumsy, so I struggled to get the steps right. And her words pretty much snuffed out my already miniscule flame of self-confidence. What she said was true: I was too short, and I couldn’t dance. Would I ever be good enough?
That was just one of many times when I didn’t feel “good enough.” In those moments, I focus only on what I don’t have or what I can’t do, rather than what I do have and what I can do. It’s one of Satan’s greatest tools he uses against me and so many others.
After my choir teacher told me I was a horrible dancer, I was so discouraged. I had always tried to prove myself by trying to be good at what others excelled at. And I failed every time. I couldn’t shake the thought that my only talent was warming the bench. I felt like God had forgotten to give me the right amount of “enoughness,” like He seemed to have given everyone else (read “How Do I Stop Comparing Myself to Others?”).
One day in seminary, we talked about God’s creations. My teacher showed us mesmerizing photos of outer space. I remember gaping at all the galaxies, stars, and planets—each one of them unique, mysterious, and beautiful in its own way.
And that’s when I realized something.
Out of all the phenomenal and unbelievable creations God made, He took the time to make me—a small, seemingly insignificant, ordinary human who didn’t realize how extraordinary she actually was. A human uniquely set apart from all others. A human who was given her own specific plan. A human with boundless potential and a divine destiny.
“While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him”
It was this moment when I finally and full-heartedly believed that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10). I realized that He truly thinks the world of me, and I have just the right amount of “enoughness” in His eyes (watch “Am I Good Enough?”).
In the end, I never did learn how to dance well. I can honestly say without any shame that I really am an awful dancer. But that’s OK! Because through the years, I’ve discovered many talents and strengths within me that I never knew I had (read “How to Discover Your Gifts”). They’ve been revealed over time as I’ve relied on the Lord and had faith that He knows I’m good enough. Yes, we all get discouraged from time to time, but when we take a step back and truly realize the significance of who we are, our remarkable strengths, our unique abilities, and the Lord’s hand directing our lives, we are better able to endure this life with faith, hope, and exceptional confidence.