Do you ever feel like everyone out there is smarter than you? Or more successful? Or more popular? It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Listen to how this blogger put it:
Online has started to feel like real life – parties and in crowds that I can’t figure out how to get into, cool people who don’t know I’m alive, saying things that bring conversations to a screeching halt … I have found myself struggling not to feel … as though I’m only as good as the number of people that read my blog.”
Can you relate to this blogger? Most of us can – if not in blogging, then in some other area of our lives.
I don’t know if James struggled with insecurity, but he does tell us how to overcome it in James 1:9-10. Listen to what he says:
But the brother of humbler circumstances is to glory in his high position, and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like the flowering grass he will pass away.
The bottom dog in this Bible verse is the brother of humbler circumstances. That would be the beginning blogger in the blogging world. The unpopular kid in the high school world. The missionary with one convert in the ministry world.
James gives them some good advice: Listen up, bottom dogs. Don’t think of yourselves as failures. It doesn’t matter how you look in the world’s eyes because that’s not who you are. This is who you are: a child of the King. That’s a high position. Glory in it!!!
The top dog in this Bible verse is the rich guy. That would be the guy with a million followers in the blogging world. The popular kid in the high school world. The guy with the mega church in the ministry world.
Here’s what James says to those guys, Listen up, top dogs. You’re not winners because of your accomplishments. Those are all going to fade. You’re winners because of who you are in Christ. Glory in that!!!!
If we were to draw a diagram of the Bible passage, it would look like this:
How to Overcome Insecurity
You might think the solution to insecurity is to become a top dog. But it’s not.
The secret to overcoming insecurity is to forget who you are in the world’s eyes and think about who you are in God’s eyes. Because that’s who you really are.
If you’re feeling insecure today, try this. Grab your favorite blanket, a pillow, and a copy of the insecurity Bible verses I posted a few days ago. Then lie down on the couch and start praying through those verses.
As you pray through them, picture God doing the things the verses talk about:
Shielding you when someone has said something mean to you. Reaching down to grab hold of your hand when you’ve done something dumb. Looking at you with the accepting eyes of a loving father when you feel like you don’t measure up.
As you picture God in these roles, my prayer is that you’ll feel the same way I do when I meditate on these verses—treasured, cherished, and accepted by my Father who knows my every sin, yet still delights in me.
Question: Do you think it’s important to overcome insecurity if you’re a Christian? How about if you’re in ministry? Why or why not? How does insecurity affect your life and ministry?
Note: If you’re looking for the insecurity Bible verses on my iPhone app, they’re in a separate category. Just click on insecurity and you’ll see them right after the social situations questions.