If you’re anything like me, at some point today you will be insecure about something. It could be an insecurity about your skill in a certain area, your ability to do something, your age, the way you look, or any number of things. Maybe today is one of those days where you accidentally turned on a red light, and now you’re feeling insecure about your driving skills as that person you cut off is now driving behind you (that definitely didn’t happen to me this weekend…….). Or maybe you tripped on the stairs and the people around you saw it and tried not to laugh too hard, so now you’re insecure and feel like everyone is looking at you and you take extra care the next time you approach the stairs.
Whatever it is that’s going to happen, or has already happened, today, insecurity can be a normal piece of life for us. But what if it wasn’t? What if we cared less about our “security” in front of other people? In actuality, where does insecurity even come from? For me, my insecurity comes when I am thinking about myself and wanting to look good or maintain a good image in front of other people. Insecurity encourages me to be less than genuine and to hide behind a made-up mask.
That just doesn’t seem like the way things should be. Insecurity and authenticity don’t fit in well together. Good relationships, strong friendships, are built on authenticity. I’m blessed to be a part of a group of young adults where authenticity is almost a requirement. It’s an unspoken sort of expectation that really isn’t required, but is lived out and so most everyone simply follows that example.
I think this is the way Jesus modeled for us in the Bible. He was genuine and authentic. He cared. He loved. He shared. He did life with other people. He didn’t hide behind anything. He didn’t live in insecurity. Instead, Jesus let God be the ruler of His life.
Imagine today if you let God be the one who dictated your actions instead of your insecurity. I know for me that would make a big difference. I would respond differently. I would see people differently. I would be others-focused instead of self-focused.
Philippians 4:6 says: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Matthew 6:31-34 says: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Today, don’t seek your kingdom. Don’t live from your insecurity. I won’t either. Instead, let’s live for the kingdom of God first and take all our anxieties and insecurities and ask God to take them away.