Trample the Insecurities

by Kayla Johansen

Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Am I likeable enough?

I struggle with insecurities. I worry far too much about what people think of me, if I’m setting off the right image, if they really even like me. I find myself being bothered by little things, and getting hurt really easily. I sometimes fear doing bold and courageous things for God because I’m worried about what others think of me. At times this fear causes me to not do these things.

And I think that we writers, as a whole, can struggle with insecurities from time to time.

But that is not how God wants us to live our lives.

Psalm 139: 13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

God created us. He’s made us just the way He wants us. (He wants us.) He has bestowed upon us the exact talents and gifts that He wants us to have. And He places us in situations for us to use those talents and gifts. He wants us to use them. He calls us to use them, sometimes in bold ways. And if we shy away from doing these bold things, we can really miss out.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

So let’s be courageous. Let’s do what God calls us to do without hesitation. Let’s go forward despite what insecurities or fears we may have.

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Let’s be courageous with letting our light shine. Using the talents that God has given us, we can write to glorify Him. We can let the world see His great love if we write boldly and courageously whatever God lays on our hearts to write. Don’t hold back. Go where God leads you. Just write.

Besides, if you’re doing what God wants you to do, and you’re trusting in God, does it even matter what other people think of you?

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Therefore, if people are looking at completely different things than what God is looking at, we shouldn’t shape what we do and how we feel about ourselves around what others’ opinions are of us. We should shape it around what God wants us to do, what God has commanded us to do, and what God has laid out for us to do.

So let’s allow God to trample all of our insecurities, fears, and anything else that might be keeping us from being bold and courageous for Him.

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Surrender Your Words

By Cana Hunter

Talking is dangerous. No one can tame the tongue, the Bible says. It also talks about how the tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the other parts of our body. Yikes.

Writing is possibly even more dangerous.

Because when you’re talking, so much of the time you get yourself in trouble simply because you didn’t think before you spoke, or you didn’t put it into the right words, or you didn’t know how to explain it better or put it kinder.

But with writing, most of these problems are either taken away or lessened. You have all the time you need. You can research the subjects you’re a little shaky on. You can look up synonyms in the thesaurus, and write countless drafts until you get it perfect.

So…what’s the problem?

The problem is that it’s still your words. And that’s the real trouble that the Bible is talking about with the tongue. It’s not the little mistakes that make it evil, so much as what you truly mean.

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10

We bumble around, contradicting ourselves, breaking promises, making impossible vows, telling loved ones that we hate them, and professing love for inanimate things and other people we haven’t met who don’t even know we exist.

That is what’s evil about our tongues.

It’s our words.

And that doesn’t get erased in writing. No, in fact, it gets worse in writing.

Because when you write, you purposefully sit down with an agenda, with something that you mean to say. Even pantsers do. (I’m a pantser; I should know. This blog post is pantsed, in fact.)

When you write, you spend time carefully constructing your story or argument.

You search the internet and the library and ask questions and take notes until you have all the information you need and are confident that you are right.

You scour the thesaurus until every word is perfect and exactly what you mean.

You write your creation over and over again, or sections of it at least, until you’re satisfied that it says what you want it to say.

And then you finish, and people read it.

Yes, writing is far, far more dangerous than talking, because while it may be much closer to what you mean, and therefore avoid the little misunderstandings and mistakes that conversation is full of, it is exactly what you mean, no doubt about it, considering you spent all that time and put all that work and energy into saying it better than you could have talking.

And so, when someone is hurt by it, you have no excuse.

When it is just plain wrong, you have no excuse.

When it is not glorifying to God, you have no excuse.

Really, what are you going to say?

“I sat down and put a lot of thought, time, and energy into purposefully writing this.”

Yeah, not great.

Writing reflects the truth of you better than talking does.

Scary.

Yet in that is our comfort.

Because if the truth of you is that you’ve surrendered yourself to Jesus, then that’s a good truth. The truth of you should be shared without reason for a just-in-case excuse.

If you surrender your words to Jesus, then He’ll take them and use them to speak–and write–through you.

If you surrender your words to Jesus, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get in trouble anymore for things you say or write. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll get in even more trouble.

But remember:

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

You still have no excuse. But you don’t need one.

Writing may be treacherous, but Jesus is faithful. Surrender your words to the Lord and let the truth of you–Him–shine forth, so that you get in trouble with the world, maybe touch a few people along the way, and most importantly, glorify God.