Do you ever look at people and think that they have it all together?
I used to, and then I realized one day that no matter how things look, all of us have our issues. Just as we are all born with a set of gifts, we also have a set of insecurities. It’s what makes us human.
In fact, I believe that our insecurities keep us humble. Kind of like Paul said regarding the thorn in his flesh, our insecurities let us know that despite having them, “His grace is sufficient because his power works best in our weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). What makes successful people successful is that they don’t let those insecurities stop them.
Recently, I had one of those “insecure” weeks where I thought that I should just stop writing. I hope that you can appreciate my honesty because that is how I came to this week’s message.
First of all, never fear, I’m still writing and I plan to continue doing so as long as God gives me something to say.
But in the middle of my mayhem, I had a great revelation. I had some wonderful friends and family to console me and, of course, you can never do wrong in your mother’s eyes.
But when I am really feeling insecure, Jesus Christ is what gets me by. There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and having a little talk with Jesus, and telling him all about your troubles.
In my writings, I talk a lot about pursuing your passion and going for your goals, but I also want to stress that all of it is useless if it isn’t done for the cause of Christ. Philippians 3:8 says, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus.”
When I look at the things that I am being blessed to accomplish, I would do you a disservice if I didn’t tell you that the real work occurs on my knees in prayer. I’d love to keep that a secret from you, but there really is no secret. Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your father which is in secret; and your father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
So despite any rejection, disapproval, or discontent, I can always fall back on the fact that if God is pleased, then I’m doing OK.
Paul was on to something when he said, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
Now, that is how I live my “Life by Design” and that is what gets me by.
Cynthia Newman is an inspirational speaker, author of Raising Queens and an entrepreneur. She is a member of Light of the World Christian Church in Indianapolis. Her e-mail address is Cynmedia@aol.com.