Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Overcoming Insecurity

 Listen up dear friend - if you are insecure - you are not alone. I truly believe that insecurity is something we all face at some point in our lives. Maybe you are scared to take that leap of faith that God has been leading you to, maybe you obsess over other's opinions of you, maybe you're self conscious about your appearance, or you are afraid that someone will someday peel off your mask of perfection only to see how flawed you really are.




 I understand because I've been there, and honestly, there are days when I am still there. One of the biggest insecurities I have ever dealt with is my acne and acne scarring. There have been times when I was so ashamed of it that I didn't want to look people in the eye, and I would never leave the house without a full face of make up on. I've had it for about eight years now, and it's something that I've had to learn how to accept. I've gotten better over the years, but I would be lying if I said it didn't make me feel extremely  insecure about myself at times. We all struggle with different things, and at times those things can make us feel as if we don't measure up. When fears and shame gnaw at our souls, we may feel like shrinking back from the way God intended us to live. Only when we understand who God is - and who we are to him - will we be able to find true worth and security that will empower us to live a bold and fulfilling life.

Here's three tips I use to help me overcome my insecurities:


1. Stop Comparing 
Comparison truly is the thief of all joy. I think we all can feel insecure when we compare our lives with the lives we see on social media. We look at others Instagram feeds and see how their perfectly squared photos flow together so flawlessly, and start to feel down about ourselves. What we have to remember is that they have insecurities too. Just because they choose not to share the "behind the scenes" footage of their lives, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.  


2. Start Looking In The Right Places 
Stop wasting so much energy trying to find worth in your beauty, your job, your finances, your career, your boyfriend, or anyone other than God himself. God is the only true source of security, and chasing down circumstances that you can't change wastes energy that you could be using to live a fulfilled life. Understand that even when things don't go your way, or people leave you feeling insecure, that God is always with you. Look to his word for affirmations of truth and stay in communication with him. He will give you the strength and the confidence to overcome whatever life throws at you. 


3. Realize That You Are Enough
When you ask the question, "Am I enough?", realize that you are. God thinks you are to die for. You don't have to earn God's love, it's a gift he gives freely.  His favor is based on his mercy, not on our desires or efforts. Even when you can't see him and he seems so far away, realize that he is at work and making good come out of every situation and insecurity you face. 






"For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ."
-Philippians 1:6

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
-Joshua 1:9

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  1. comparison with others was one of my biggest mistakes in the past, but once I stopped this and start focusing on myself and improving, because of ME. y life started to change :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad to hear that! Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. LOVED this. Start looking in the right places was EVERYTHING.

    So good love!
    xo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, Krista! :)

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