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Known as one of the greatest voices of the 21st century, Whitney Houston was, at times, full of doubt. She wondered if she was “good enough”.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:12-14 “

Unlike many, I did not watch the full funeral of Whitney Houston. Instead I only saw five minutes of the funeral where Kevin Costner spoke about the friendship and common bond held between him and Whitney Houston. His speech was eloquent and left all with the very real understanding of Whitney Houston’s humanity.

The one thing that struck me repeatedly in his recollection of Ms. Houston was the self doubt she faced as an actress, as an artist, and as a woman. Known as one of the greatest voices of the 21st century, listening to Kevin Costner and even Ms. Houston herself through interviews, you get the sense that her world was, at times, full of doubt. She wondered if she was “good enough”. Good Enough.

As I heard those words, I was struck with how often I have thought those same things about myself and how I had heard similar thoughts expressed from family, friends, and even strangers. It would seem that the thing that ties humanity is in fact our humanity. The need to know that we are cute enough, good enough, fast enough, smart enough…just enough…for whatever we measure ourselves by. We all have our “enough” moments and for some, those moments turn into ruling passions that push us to so called greatness and for others they cause us to constantly seek affirmation from people that seek to become the same thing we do, good enough.

At the end of Mr. Costner’s speech, he made a statement that was so simple it was profound. He stated that now, standing before the Lord, Whitney Houston would finally recognize that she was “good enough”.

The greatest lover, the Creator, would be able to affirm what Ms. Houston always sought, what I have sought and what you have sought; that we are good enough. Well, what so many of us fail to recognize is that we don’t have to wait to stand before God to find that out. Instead, since the beginning of time, God has whispered to us that we are.

You see we are good enough because God made us. Psalm 139 is one of the most beautiful passages of scripture because it shows us how we were created and accepted. God knew us in our mother’s wombs (v.13). He knew our failures; He knew our successes (v. 16); He knew our disappointments and yet Our Father, created us anyway (v.3). There is no thought that we have that He is not aware of (v. 4) but He created us still. We are made in His image (Gen.1:27) and in that we are enough….more than enough.

Whatever you struggle in or with; however you may find the enemy using your mind as a battlefield of doubt, know that you are more than enough. You are a marvelous work and skillfully made wonder (v. 15) of God. No one can take that from you, but only you can accept and embrace it.
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Author Biography

Shaniqua Rischer
Web site: Shaniqua Rischer
Passionate, Loving, Loyal, Engaging, Obedient, and Direct are words often used to describe Shaniqua Rischer. However, the words she loves to be known for the most are Christian and daughter of the Most High God. Shaniqua Rischer was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and is the youngest of three children. Her father was an educator and she grew up in a family where education was emphasized as the foundation for success. At the age of 22, Shaniqua dedicated her life to Christ and has been on a quest for a closer relationship with God ever since that time. "To live a life of faith and to be of service to all I meet is my ultimate desire" says Shaniqua.

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