Lie Number Two: I don’t have what I need in order to serve God. I don't have the "right" education, resources, time, training, experience, or reputation. I am the wrong age, color, gender, or ethnicity to make a difference.
Oh boy, is this one of the most subtle lies out there? So often, we disqualify ourselves from a new adventure by repeating negative self-talk quietly inside our own minds. We have probably done this to ourselves for so many years that we are not even aware we are doing it any longer. How many great adventures, ideas, and projects have been left undone because we disqualify ourselves because we think we NEED something more in order to get started? How easy it is to find an excuse, like our lack of experience or absence of a special skill set, and we don't even begin to dream of what could be.
You have what you need to love and thrive right where you are. Believe this truth. If you find yourself repeating the old, worn out negative statements that you carry around like a purse whose stitching is coming unravelled... remind yourself that 'A soothing tongue is a tree of life' (Proverbs 15:4). Only speak to yourself in a way that you would speak to a dear friend or child, with truth, love, and encouragement.
When you are tempted to believe that you don't have what it takes to follow God's direction in your life, remember this video clip.