Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Hello my friends…
I wanted to start writing on some of the things that I think can be hard to bear throughout our lives. Let me first say that this is my first blog, so please bear with me as I experiment with some of my own thoughts. I am sure you are wondering why I have entitled this “Icecubes and Insecurities”, right? Well…let me just say that I have an unusual thought process and sometimes I have a strange way of explaining myself.
Here lately, I have been dealing with some inner insecurities that have been eating away at me. I often wonder why we have been instilled with such horrible feelings that cause us to deteriorate mentally. It is so easy to be caught up in our own ‘selves’ that we sometimes forget that we are not the only ones who are suffering with this ‘mental’ disease.
We live in a dog-eat-dog, keeping up with the Joneses world and that will never change. Why is it that we let ourselves get caught up in this viscious cycle of wanting more? No matter what ‘new and hot’ item you go out and get, you can almost guarantee that several months down the road (if not sooner) there will be the ‘newer’ and more ‘improved’ version coming out. Yep, I hate to say it, but we are like the dogs who chase their tail. We will never be satisfied unless we learn how to humble ourselves and be happy with what the Lord has provided for us. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our normal lives that we tend to forget that their are so many out there who do not have a roof over their head, food to eat, or even a shred of clothing. Can you imagine yourself being in that position? Well, I can speak for myself and say that I do not ever want to get to that point. Have you ever stopped to think that some of these people used to have it all? However, some people let pride blind them and they live their lives very foolishly which eventually leads them to trouble. You know what they say, “PRIDE BEFORE THE FALL“. It is a shame to think that we would let our own insecurities eat away all that we have accomplished, or even, all that God may have in store for us.
I am the worlds worst when it comes to having patience. Patience, for me, is like seeing a child at Christmas. I CANNOT WAIT! When I read the story of Job, I do not see how he managed to keep it together. His faith in God was awesome…amazing! Poor Job was put through the ringer but that didn’t matter because he knew that God had something in store for him.
Psalm 37:7- Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
It is better for us to learn to be patient than to doubt God and risk losing all that he has blessed us with.
This now brings me to my title…Icecubes and Insecurities. We continuously let others get to us, for one reason or another. There are so many reasons out there that cause us to have jealousy for others and this eventually leads to insecurities. Insecurities are of the devil! He knows what to push on us that makes us go crazy inside. It doesn’t matter if someone is getting a new house, car, promotion at work, or something simple such as clothing; we are human and are very prone to feel jealousy. This is something that happens to all of us so there is no need to feel ashamed when these feeling arise. However, we as Christians need to learn to turn it over to God, for he can help us through any rut. Some choose to let these issues fester until they reach a point of self destruct. Once this point has been reached, for some, there is no turning back. The resentment and jealousy builds up to the point to where we lash out and could cause much damage. I have seen situations where families have been broken apart. Not only that, but friendships crumble and it can cause job loss as well. There is no end to the damage that insecurities can cause a person. In worst cases, it has led to suicide. It is so sad to think that someone took their life over something, that if placed into the right hands, could be healed over time, faith, and prayer.
It is important for us to remember that no matter how hard things seem, we have a powerful God who is in control and he loves us so much that he will stick by our side and heal us. There is nothing too great for our God!!
We are like icecubes when it comes to having insecurity. When you place an icetray filled with water into the freezer, what does it do over an amount of time? It freezes. We, as imperfect humans are much the same…insecurity eventually freezes us over time and it can ruin who we are.
If placed under pressure, ice will crack. Again, as humans, if we are continuously placed under pressure, we will ‘crack’ (hypothetically speaking). Insecurity can cause us to have many unwanted feelings and it is only natural for us to be able to handle so much.
With that being said, there is no reason for us to keep our feelings under lockdown for no one to know. Place these issues in God’s hands and watch him work miracles. For there is no one like him that can give us a clean slate. We will always have trials, but having God on our side during those trials can mean so much more than fighting alone!
Be happy with what has been provided for us. If we are not careful we could wake up tomorrow and it all be gone. It is normal for us to want, for it is only human instinct, but it isn’t good when we take what we already have for granted and become selfish. God loves us and only wants us to be happy. If we are patient (like Job) then we will be filled with his riches and prosper…the only way to do this is through him!
I hope you enjoyed this read…I will be posting again in a few days (Lord willing). My friends…as always…you are in my prayers.