Hello! My name is Heath and I am insecure. I work in a job that causes me to feel lots of insecurity. I love my job and I don’t want to trade it for a more secure job. Well at least most of the time, and besides, the NBA doesn’t want me anyway. I am insecure as a missionary because I don’t always fit in, making friends can be hard, and being good at Japanese is a pipe dream. I could go on but those are some of the things I struggle with. I know that I am not the only one who struggles with insecurity.
I am insecure, so God help me feel secure in your plan for my life. I am learning every day and have to be reminded daily that there is no striving in God’s grace. I am completely loved! So when I feel discouraged and want to either act pridefully to cover it up or feel pity for not being enough, I have decided to implement a habit. I don’t always do it but when I do it helps in huge ways. I try to remind myself how much God loves me and look for others to build up. I text, Email or call people that I know well (and some I don’t) and try to build them up and remind them of their strengths. It helps me feel a sense of encouragement. It helps me to focus on others and not inwardly.
Insecurity is normal but how we react to it will make us who we are. I want my insecurities to point me to be more like God and depend on Him, building others up in times when I feel insecure. Because we all are prone to feeling insecure.
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25
So who do you know that needs to be built up and encouraged? Who do you notice is doing great at something and you’ve thought you should say something but maybe haven’t yet?
“Contentment is found when we align our priorities with him. So as we align our priorities to his priorities we find strength in him.” -Andy Stanley-
How do you deal with your insecurity? What do you do to seek and find contentment in Christ?
Heath Hubbard lives in Tokorozawa, Japan where he works as a church-planting missionary with Free Will Baptist International Missions. Heath is husband to an amazing woman and father to three terrific kids and he lives life to the fullest!