HIDING IN THE SHADOWS

HIDING IN THE SHADOWS

Have you ever felt so insignificant that you preferred the shadows? Do you feel more secure if no one sees you or asks you a question? Has skirting around a room and hugging the dimness of solitude become a habit?

Every single one of us suffers from some form of insecurity but a lot of us do a grand job of hiding it. We smile to cover what makes us quiver with anxiety. Insecurity can create loneliness or magnify it. Asking God to help us accept who we are, so we can enjoy the company of others, is the number one step. Why would he allow you to be born, only to push you off into the darkest corner? Such actions wouldn’t bring him glory or happiness. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. The Bible states this fact.

We’re made in God’s image and he created you. That’s why there’s something special about you.

We need to strive to be strong and accept who we are—so we can touch another person’s life. This world’s dismissal and lack of compassion for others makes it hard to focus on God’s value of us, as an individual. But remember, God doesn’t want you and I to fear what others think of us.

The healing of insecurity starts when we accept the wondrous fact that God loves us.

So, take the small steps, pray for strength, speak to a stranger, smile at the next person you pass in a store, or just take a walk in the sun. Let God’s creation of warmth soak into your skin and imagine that it’s God’s perfect love touching you. The sun helps lift your mood, but God’s Son paid the ultimate price, in order to lift your soul into everlasting peace.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 KJV  Isn’t that a great verse?

What helps you overcome the feeling of insecurity? Please, scroll down and leave your comments so others can benefit from your victories.

© Karen Campbell Prough 2012 

 

2 Responses to HIDING IN THE SHADOWS

  • Thank you, Jenny! I appreciate your comment. I liked your last sentence, “If we all felt a license to be our ‘authentic’ self, without ridicule–we’d see inabilities as a challenge, not a curse.” We so often feel that we can’t be ourselves.

  • As I organized classmates for our reunions, in getting to know them, I discovered almost ALL of them had deep seated insecurities in high school (many that were still plaguing them years later). When teaching school myself, I was blessed to have some of the most advanced kids mixed with some of the absolutely unreachable ones. I found that for every gift we have, there is an accompanying weakness. For every disability, there is a unique talent given. Helping children find that and capitalize on it was my mission. I taught absolute acceptance of the uniqueness of every individual with no tolerance for exclusivity…inclusion, not exclusion.

    One secret is in getting our minds off ourselves and becoming OTHERS FOCUSED. Make a difference in the lives of others by making them feel special. If we all felt a license to be our “authentic” self, without ridicule–we’d see inabilities as a challenge, not a curse.

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