As I stood in the dressing room trying yet another shirt on with no success, I started to get frustrated. It’s not because I was being picky! I had quite a few options to choose from…nothing just seemed to be fitting me right. It was at that moment when I heard a voice in the stall beside me. It was a young girl and she was telling her mom that she’s always been self-conscious.
Oh how my heart broke for her. Those of us who are self-conscious about our looks or our body shape understand just how frustrating trying on clothes can be. I wanted to say something to her, anything, but I knew it would be way too awkward!
I wanted to tell her that she’s “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), but how could I when I wasn’t feeling so great about myself at that moment?
We’re All Insecure
This may come as a shock to you but we’re all insecure. That businesswoman that seems to have it all pulled together during the day may go home and fall apart right before dinner. Or perhaps that mom that has her schedule just perfect cries herself to sleep at night! We’re all insecure about something!
I wish I could tell you that insecurity is going to be banished from the world we live in, but the truth is, it’s not going anywhere. We’re going to have to deal with it and the only way I know how is to ask for God’s help. I love II Corinthians 2:15, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Ladies, we must take our thoughts captive and compare them to what Christ says about us.
Taking our thoughts captive isn’t a one and done kind of thing. We have to daily choose to take our thoughts captive. I’ve been working on this for a few years and, let me tell you, it’s hard work, but it’s so worth it!
Won’t you join me on this journey of battling insecurity?