In Others’ Words: The Ruins of Insecurity
Insecurity had it’s way with me for too many years.
I wouldn’t say it ruined my beauty … because I didn’t think I was beautiful, inside or out.
And that belief … that lie … was the surest sign of insecurity’s hold on my life.
We all struggle with self-doubt to some degree. Some of us seem able to withstand it’s stranglehold, while others of us are bullied into believing we aren’t worth much … if anything at all. The beauty of our essence is marred, sometimes almost obliterated, by a soul-deep uncertainty.
Only the Truth will set us free.
The first Truth we must embrace isn’t that we are beautiful. The first Truth we need to believe is that we are Beloved. (I Thessalonians 1:4) Have you ever heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” When I finally believed that God looked at me and saw me for who I was — no hidden secrets or sins — and that He loved me, I could begin to believe I was beautiful. I removed the mask of pretense and let myself be me. And I could look in the mirror and I like — no, I could love who I saw looking back at me.
In Your Words: What lies has insecurity whispered to you? What truths helped you become free of self-doubt and see your true beauty?
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