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It Doesn't Require Better Skills

It Doesn't Require Better Skills

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In 2004 a low budget, independent film, called Napoleon Dynamite made a high school misfit named Napoleon into a pop culture icon. In one of the storylines, Napoleon wants to get a date with a popular girl named Trisha, but he doesn't think he's good enough. He talks openly with his new friend Pedro:

Napoleon: Well, nobody's going to go out with ME!

Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet?

Napoleon: No, but who would? I don't even have any good skills.

Pedro: What do you mean?

Napoleon: You know, like nunchuk skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

Pedro: Aren't you pretty good at drawing, like animals and warriors and stuff?

Napoleon: Yes ... probably the best that I know of.

Pedro: Just draw a picture of the girl you want to take out ... and give it to her for like a gift or something.

Napoleon: That's a pretty good idea.

Truth is, his drawings are horrible, but he doesn't know it. He is blissfully unaware of the social world around him, but he has an innate conviction that you have to have skills before anyone will care about you. Somewhere he has accepted the misconception that love is based on the right set of skills.

In real life, we struggle with a similar misconception. Deep down we wonder if we are good enough to be loved by the God who made us. At times, doubt wiggles its way into our alone moments ... Am I good enough or strong enough? Do I know enough? Am I right enough or skilled enough? Am I really worthy enough to be part of God's family, much less a faith giant in the kingdom?

No! You don't have access to enough "enough-ness" to make it ... but God does. It's all about him. God has a net of grace that works all the time in spite of our inadequacies and insufficiencies ... he is enough, more than enough. So work on; stretch out; try the impossible. He has the skills.

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Ron Rose
Ron Rose is a noted author and leader of Faith Team. His new email ministry, Faith Notes, provides practical resources for growing faith. Email Ron!

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