As I struggle in my “walk,” I’ve come to find the thing that we as humans have in common, whether we are a Christ Follower or a non-believer, are our insecurities: we all have them. Here’s the definition of insecurity (from American Heritage): Not sure or certain; doubtful; Lacking stability; troubled; Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety. We are insecure because we doubt; and when we doubt we are plunged into a desolate pit, a pit from which we see no escape. We are insecure in our relationship with God because we doubt. We are insecure in our relationships with other human beings because we doubt. We are insecure at just living because we doubt. And what do we doubt? Usually ourselves. We have insecurities because we doubt whether we are “worthy” or “capable.” We aren’t worthy of love, worthy of respect, worthy of being saved, worthy of even life. We aren’t capable of living the life God intended, or wants for us. We aren’t capable of giving love. We aren’t capable of having that abundant life that Jesus promised.

And what happens to us when we continue to feel this unworthiness, to dwell on our doubts? The Psalmist said it well when he said of God: “He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay…” Have you ever walked through muddy clay? It grabs hold of your shoes, sometimes sucking them right off your feet. It is extremely difficult to move forward, much less backward, when you are stuck in muddy clay – as a matter of fact, it’s difficult to move anywhere without help. And that’s what our insecurities are – muddy clay. They suck us down and make it hard to move forward, to get anywhere. But God will lift me out of the desolate pit, the muddy clay, “and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

And Paul tells us, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” It’s all in what we tell ourselves. Dwell on those things which are true, and honorable, and pure…and of excellence. YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!

His peace be on you all.