Damaged, But Not Disqualified

In Fine Fettle readers, happy Monday!

I do wish I was blogging more honestly, but this semester of nursing has really been one for the books. This has been one of the hardest semesters I have had at college and it’s taken me until now (8 weeks) to finally feel a little more relaxed to the point were I know that I can get through this, to the point where I feel okay to make time doing some other things I enjoy rather than just study.

Truthfully I enjoy school and I really enjoy learning new things but school has never came “easy” to me. I learned at a very young age that I would be the type of student who would have to work her butt off and EARN every grade she got. And i’ve never been scared of a little hard work but… this semester has been different.

Have you ever felt like no matter what you do it isn't good enough?
Like you're not good enough?

I hate to admit this but after I took my first round of exams this was exactly how I was feeling. I feel like I don’t need to go into detail about what this feels like because let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people tell me that I have it all together and that they wish they were like me. When they forget that I am human too… that I don’t have it all together. That I am broken and I still fight with the sin living inside me each and every day.

In church my pastor let us in on a little secret that’s really no secret at all. He said, “As long as you are a follower of Jesus Christ, living on this earth you will never be COMPLETELY FREE from the pull of the sin inside you.”

Since one of my recent posts were titled, “I Am A Sinner” (click the link to head there and catch up if you missed it) but today I didn’t want to focus on that aspect.

Go take a break from this post and read John 15, I promise you it’s a good one. After your are finished though, come back! You don’t wanna miss this.

John 15: 1-4 the Lord says, “I (Jesus) am the true vine, and my 
Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it 
will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No 
branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."

Guys, God already knows that you are a sinner and that you have branches in your life that are not bearing any fruit. But despite these broken and damaged branches in your life, that doesn’t make you disqualified to be apart of His kingdom, to be a CHILD of God, to live an INFLUENTIAL life.

The purpose my life is to make it God’s story, so that it can become OUR story.


Stop living your life feeling like you’re not good enough and start believing you ARE qualified to live an Influential Life!

(1) Experience Christ yourself. The first step to experiencing God’s influence is taking that first step of obedience. What is God asking of you today? Is there something He’s been asking of you to do for a while now that you’ve been ignoring or does He just want your time, your heart?

(2) Model vulnerability. So many Christians dress ourselves up to other people, pretending like we aren’t struggling. Like we have this thing called life all figured out. But how stupid is that when it is so far from the truth!

Next time you have the chance to be vulnerable with someone, even though it’s scary and its hard remember this:

Vulnerability ALWAYS leads to relatability.

(3) Influence where God has positioned you today. Whether you are happy or struggling with being content with where you are just know God has you here for a reason.

I love you all!


Claire Idelle ღ




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