Many of us are doing the So Long Insecurity book study with the LPM siestas. It's interesting... though sad really.... how many of us are so deeply insecure. I suppose, if truth be told, most of the time I act like I'm not. I'm a good pretender. I'm even successful enough at it sometimes that I fool myself into thinking I'm not. I guess some days I am more secure than others. But am I really?... when the truth gets to the bottom of it? I can be really insecure.... and I really don't wanna be!
Sadly, a lot of what us girls are obsessing and so insecure about are these earthsuits that God has put us in. We compare our earthsuits (our skin bags, our outsides) with all of the other earthsuits walking around. We compare the sizes, the shape, the stature, the beauty, or lack thereof, the hair that's attached, the age, the color of the skin, the smoothness, or if it's aged to wrinkles.
We get all caught up in that. We dwell too much on that! But we're told that God created our "inmost being" (Psalm 139:13-19). We're told that God looks on the inside (the heart)... while we're mostly prone to look at the out (1 Samuel 16:7). I think I like the inside look better.
You know, are earthsuits weren't made to look just alike. God uniquely made each one on purpose. And it can sag and bag and wrinkle... it can pimple and dimple and freckle..... we can lose the use of parts of it or some can be cut off........ but the outside isn't who we are.... it's the inside that is. Your earthsuit isn't you! You are you! Your character, your personality, your spirit. Dare we let our outside-look weaken the inside of us!
God fashioned and knitted our inner person, our innermost being. He created us to be just exactly as who He wanted us to be. He then stuck that inner into our out..... but the out won't be judged when Jesus comes back, the inside will. We won't even be wearing this outside anymore.
Then, why do we let our outside control so much of what our inside feels and what it thinks and the mood that we're in... when it is totally irrelevant to our eternity?
Surely God didn't mean for us to give so much thought and be so distraught over these earthly suits we're wearing! Though I know it's not at all a surprise to Him. We color it, and paint it, and plump it, and diet it, and exercise it, and dress it, and high-heel it up.... then, re-paint the face more, and re-fix the doo and spray it in place daring it to move.... doing our dead-level best to make it look like we want.... and then leave the house often disappointed when it don't.
It's an earthsuit for heaven's sake.... why get so caught up in it! And why let it let us wear an insecure feeling???
"Do not be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God" (1 Pet 3:3-4).
Again: "Do not be concerned about the outward beauty...."!!!
But.... are we?
Funny, how we obsess about the vehicles God has given us to ride in. It's a crazy obsession to have that way too many of us are wearing!