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My Insecurity Idol

FaithSara Barratt6 Comments
Photo Credit: Katie Kelly

Photo Credit: Katie Kelly

You don’t know, Oh, oh
You don’t know you’re beautiful
Oh, oh, oh, That’s what makes you beautiful.

I am not a One Direction fan. There are some songs, however, that replay over and over in your mind, whether you want them to or not. Whether I’m at the mall or a thrift store, I continually hear “oh, oh, oh, you don’t know you’re beautiful” blaring from the speakers. Which, in a way, is very flattering—except they aren’t really singing about me, are they?

No matter who they’re singing about, this is the type of song any girl can relate to, and I can’t help but wonder if they’ve hit the nail on the head. We really don’t know we’re beautiful. We don’t know we’re talented. We don’t know we’re smart. In short, we don’t know our own worth.

This is an epidemic, and it’s been spreading rapidly since the beginning of time. No one is immune. Generation after generation has been infected. And it all starts with a lie—a voice that tells us, “You’re not good enough…why even try?” or “Just look at her. You’ll never look like that.” And, weak as we are, we believe it. Soon it becomes who we are.

Or does it?

We’re insecure. But not worthless.

Why do we allow ourselves, daughters of the King to be defined by the deceptive voice of our enemy?

What does God think about our insecurities? What does He feel when we question how He created us? Wishing we were better, different, or more like so-and-so?

Does He feel hurt? Rejected?

It’s time to see our insecurities as they really are. Not merely our own issue, or something we have to try and get over, but instead as a direct insult to God’s perfect handiwork. As sin. As an idol in our lives.

Why an idol? Sin, maybe, but an idol? Does that even make sense? At first glance, maybe not, but an idol is anything we put above God. If we’re thinking, even sub-consciously that we were not created as well as another, or given as many talents as someone else, then we are placing it above God. When we allow our insecurities to bind us, we’re bowing to the idol of our own self-centeredness, refusing to look past ourselves and to the One who so lovingly created us.  

This is hard to swallow, believe me. While I know it’s true, I still struggle. I have placed my insecurities—my appearance, my worth, my talents—above God, more times than I can count. However, I know in my heart, there has to be a better way.

Photo Credit: Katie Kelly

Photo Credit: Katie Kelly

We’ve heard over and over that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. But, do we really believe it? Do we allow that truth to take root in our heart or is it choked out? Do we instead pass over it because it’s so familiar?

My sweet sister in Christ, let this truth sink into your heart. Hear it as though you have never heard it before.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made, crafted beautifully with thought and care. You were given unique talents, and you are successful. You’re destined for great things. You are chosen. Claimed. Spoken for. And loved without measure, more than you could ever comprehend. 

Are you still insecure? When you look at yourself through God’s eyes, do you see someone second-rate, or someone amazingly beautiful and talented? 

It’s time to shine, sweet one. It’s time for us to let go of our insecurities. I know this is easier said than done. But when those voices try to make you feel worthless, rebuke them, and replace them with truth. There is power in the truth of God’s word. Our insecurities will taunt and torment, but in one Word they cower. Jesus. The name of the One who gave us truth, and who loves us so very much.

You were not destined to live in bondage. The Holy One died to grant you freedom.

Grasp hold of that truth. Fix your eyes on it. Ask God to show you how He sees you. As He does, write it down. Make a list of who you are in Christ. Read it often. Believe it.

You, priceless one, were chosen for so much more.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV