Day 119: The ‘Not-Enough’ Syndrome


Jdg 6:15-16 (GNB) Gideon replied, “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.” The LORD answered, “You can do it because I will help you…”

One of the most common self-imposed delays to destiny nowadays is the feeling of inadequacy, i.e. the ‘I am not … enough’ syndrome.

It works by telling us we are NOT

Rich enough,
‘Good’ enough,
Skilled enough,
Known enough,
Trained enough,
Strong enough,
Mature enough,
‘Connected’ enough,
_________ enough (fill the gap with your own ‘Not Enough’ excuse)…

… Not even ‘called’ enough to handle our God given assignment or make any tangible impact in life.

This intimidation is deeply rooted in the trend most people observed growing up. While looking around they saw great men doing great things and simply ‘caved in’!

In line with scriptural end time prophecies however, we can accurately predict that in the last days, the time we now live in precisely, God will work through ‘ordinary’ men and women, i.e. everyday people, and use them to accomplish great feats!

That includes furthering His cause on earth!

Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone…even on servants, both men and women. Joel 2:28-29 (GNB)

Those who are waiting to be rich enough, known enough, matured enough, connected enough, ‘sure’ enough might likely miss the their moment, cease to be relevant and simply go into extinction! They might be left behind!

There is no better time to start working out your destiny than NOW! Stop waiting to be ‘… enough’, lest you fall behind schedule.

Go start something NOW!


Lord, when I look around and see great people doing well in their chosen fields, I often feel belittled, and doubt if I could ever amount to anything.

Please deliver me from the ‘Not Enough Syndrome’ and its resultant paralysis.

Please grant me the grace to stop looking around and the courage to start believing in the little things that make me.

Help me to never tire out, but to keep building them up and working at them with the confident assurance that they would definitely bring me to limelight someday. Amen.

Funmi Adebayo (c) 2013

(*1) Adebayo, F. (2013). The “Not-Enough” Syndrome. In Each Day Online. Retrieved from The “Not-Enough” Syndrome.