“Only secure people can serve. Insecure people are always worrying about how they appear to others. They fear exposure of their weaknesses and hide beneath layers of protective pride and pretensions. The more insecure you are, the more you will want people to serve you, and the more you will need their approval.” ― Rick Warren
Are you secure in who you are?
Some of us are strong personalities, leaders and forceful people who don’t need to consider what others think. Others of us may not be leaders but we are confident in ourselves. Still others feel like they are the bomb but are so concerned with outward appearance (and behaviors) that they can’t do anything without worrying about what others think!
We don’t need to be leaders or forceful people, but we all should have enough confidence in ourselves to lead our own lives and make our own decisions.
However, I know this sounds easier than it is. We all come with baggage. Even those of us who are confident and aren’t externally motivated come with baggage that creates our habits and influences our perceptions.
And those of us who are so sensitive to the criticisms of others have baggage that has made us that way – and knocking down that thought-baggage is a huge challenge!
I’m not here today to write about how to reformat and reprogram your behaviors (though this can be important). I’m here today to challenge you to live your faith – live as Christ would want you to live – and you will learn to be secure. You will be secure, confident, and joyful.
Because Christ wants your focus to be love, and doing for others in the spirit of love gets you out of your head, this combines to build your confidence since you know that your mission is Christ’s mission. And with that certainty, who wouldn’t be secure?
Imagine that this engine is in both of those cars… despite the outer looks, they would both run great! Let God be what propels you, what focuses you, and gives you your mission.