Insecurities… a black stain entrenched in the psyche of every person that’s ever lived. To be insecure is to lack confidence or trust, whether in ourselves or someone else. In a world that’s gone crazy, it can be difficult to be secure in most anything. At your job, you can be replaced tomorrow by a newer and cheaper version. In your church, the average stay of a pastor is 2-3 years. He could be there on Sunday and gone the next. Relationships, politics, health… all of your comforts and all the other things that make you feel safe and normal can change in the blink of an eye.
Allow me to be transparent more than I’m probably comfortable with. At this time next week, I’ll be in the car driving to my first sanctioned powerlifting meet. Simply the thought of pouring myself out on that platform after years of hard work puts my heart rate through the roof! I have family and friends from around the state of Ohio coming to watch and support my dream. What if I let them down? What if I let myself down? I’ve dropped twenty pounds to be at my desired weight class… was that the right decision? How much weaker will I be after losing so much weight? These questions are there because of my insecurities and fear of the unknown. Obviously, I know my friends and family will always be there no matter if I bench 135 or 500… but I didn’t sign up to get a participation ribbon. I’ve always wanted to be the best at whatever it is that I’m doing. I want to win!
If I let it, these insecurities could become debilitating. Powerlifting has a huge mental aspect to it, but so does every area in your life. No one talks to you more than you do. Insecurities will always be with us. What separates the champion from the participation ribbon is how you respond to your insecurities and fear of the unknown. When negativity begins to creep in I go to the only source I know to be absolute truth… Jesus says in Matthew 6:34– “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” In Philippians 4:6-7, the apostle Paul says this -6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
What did we say insecurity was? It’s a lack of confidence or trust… the Bible says don’t worry about ANYTHING. “Anything” is a pretty all-inclusive word. Who and what are you trusting in? If your answer is anything other than Jesus, I fear you may be doomed to a life of insecurity by putting your trust and faith in the wrong things. None of the topics we discuss are easy. Life isn’t easy, building muscle and getting in shape isn’t easy, being a Christian isn’t easy… but at the end of the day, it’s all worth it! Don’t let your insecurities cripple your blueprint for life. God has a plan for you and has had that plan since the foundation of the world. Carpe diem… seize the day!!! You’re worth it!