Sweet hubby and I watched an old movie with Audrey Hepburn. Stately, elegant, beautiful yet approachable, Audrey Hepburn. The next day, insecurity jumped all over me. I don’t look like Audrey Hepburn, my hair isn’t as cute as hers, and I can barely walk straight in high heels. Whimper.
Comparing myself to Audrey was not a smart move. I’ll be honest, I wasted an entire day internally whining about my inadequacies. The more I thought about her and her beauty, the more I compared myself to her, the more insecure I became.
What was I thinking? Audrey Hepburn was an actress with perfect lighting, professional makeup artists, tailor-made clothing, and scripted dialogue. Under those conditions, I probably could look and act pretty good myself.
Insecurity is a tool from the enemy to keep us so self-focused we can’t see the reality and beauty of our God-created uniqueness. Insecurity keeps us from enjoying today, enjoying God, and enjoying others.
I want to get rid of insecurity by remembering I am in the eternal security of Jesus. It’s not about being conformed to the image of an actress or person, but about conforming to the image of Christ.
The good news is, as a Christian, the process is an inward change, we are predestined to be conformed, called, justified, and glorified. The change is inward, taking place within the soul radiating out, transforming, renewing, redeeming, making whole – wholly loved, wholly accepted, and wholly restored.
Insecure? Remember you are secure in Christ. You don’t have to look to other people, compare yourself to others, but keep focused on Jesus, He is the author and perfecter, The One who takes and makes you His beautiful, transformed, renewed, glorified, wonderful work of art.
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, … and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Therefore, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith … do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~ Romans 8:29-30 (NASB), Hebrews 12:2 (NASB), Romans 12:2 (NASB)
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” ~ Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)