20Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
When analyzing Peter’s question you can’t help but hear the insecurity behind it. I think insecurity it something we all deal with in some way, shape, or form. Insecurity can almost seem like a journey in our life can’t it? If I had to map out my journey of insecurity it would like this:
- When I was young I was very insecure because of my weight
- When I lost weight, I was insecure about my chin
- When I got over my chin, I was insecure about the size of my head! haha
- When I was over that, I was insecure about my intelligence and where I was going in life
- When I got over that, I was insecure by comparing where I was in life to other peoples success
- When I got over that I was insecure about….the list could go on forever and ever
In evaluating my life so far – I have yet to find one benefit of being insecure. I have found that all of the outcomes of being insecure are negative – here are just a few I can think of:
Insecurity Will Hold You Back from Taking Risks -Insecurity literally cripples you. Faith is spelled R-I-S-K isn’t it? A lack of confidence in who we are will always hold us back from stepping out. If we never step out, we’ll never know what we’re missing out on.
Insecurity Will Cause You to Miss Out on God’s Best for Your Life – Again, you never know what’s on the other side of stepping out.
Insecurity Will Give you an Unrealistic View of Who You Are – When we focus on our insecurities and dwell on them night and day – we’ll start exaggerating things about ourselves. The longer we dwell on these things, the more we’ll believe them. Once we believe them – we’ll make all of our decisions based on an unrealistic view of our self.
Insecurity Will Cause People to want to Avoid You – Have you ever been around someone who is extremely insecure? It drains the life out of you…. nobody wants to be around someone like that.
Insecurity is an Indicator of Where Your Relationship with God is – Insecure people haven’t fully come to the place where they know who they are in Christ. They haven’t learned to appreciate that God has created them and literally cares about every little detail of their lives. God loves them!
I’ve battled with insecurity my whole life – and I’m determined to get it out and keep it out of my life for the remainder of my days here! Tomorrow I want to focus on some thing we can do to battle insecurity…
What are some other negative outcomes of being insecure? Thoughts?