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.