I saw a post this morning that said to stop telling people they are enough because it is a false doctrine that takes their eyes off Jesus, the only One who is enough.
I get it, and yet at the same time, I see it differently. God thought you were enough to send His Son to die for. God thought you were enough to sacrifice everything for, even if you never choose Him. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us - because He saw something, He saw someone, worth saving. This world is always telling us we are not enough to be loved, not enough to be accepted, try a little harder, if only you were a little different... maybe not in those direct words but that is the message being preached. So people need to hear that they are worthy of love, not because they are lovable, but because HE is loving. The pressure is off. They need to hear that before they were His, He still chose and loved them and that even after they chose Him, if they run away, they can come back again. Our "enough" has nothing to do with us and everything to do with WHO God is.
Now in the sense of striving to become something, no, you will never be enough. And that is the point. Your performance can never earn you a single thing from God. I love the way Paul Ellis says that is like God giving you all heaven had and you try to help pay for it with belly-button lint (the Bible takes it a step further with dirty menstrual rags). We were made to crave belonging, acceptance, and love - things we look for in the world but can only be found in the One who created us that way, things we can never earn but are freely ours.
When you realize you cannot do it, you are tired of striving and failing, striving and failing, trying to do it all and falling apart... that is an amazing place to be because you've just realized the point: You cannot do it on your own. You cannot be your own hero. What a wonderful place to be because the moment you realize you cannot and need Someone else to help is the moment Grace can finally come in and do it for you. It is the most unfair thing in the world but that is the good news of Jesus Christ. *cont'd in comments