A few weeks ago I posted a reader survey on my blog to help me identify my audience and give me a better idea of the kind of content to create moving forward. Some interesting things came out of that survey. I found out that,
- 90% of my readers are women
- 60% of those women are between the ages of 25-34 and
- 80% of my readers come from Facebook.
However, the most interesting thing that came from the survey inspired a new thought I want to share with you.
When asked for the greatest insecurity they face, 80% said basically the same thing in several different ways… “My greatest insecurity is finding worth in being a good mom, or parent.”
This confirmed a thought I have been mulling around for a while now, that
The path to your greatest calling is often on the other side of your greatest insecurity.
We could say it like this: insecurity is the neon sign that points to a life of purpose, freedom, and contentment. We just have to fight our way past it, through it, over it. This applies to anyone in any area of insecurity, not just moms or parents.
I’ve struggled for years feeling insecure about writing. Not just writing, but sharing my writing with others. I remained in a state of apathetic complacency, swatting away the gentle reminders to use the gift I had been given, convinced it was worthless. Others have confirmed the same feelings as they’ve shared their insecurities with me. Motherhood, weight, body image, approaching old age, singleness, finances, employment, purposelessness, and pain from the past. Is it possible that the very thing holding us back could be the source of a great calling we’ve yet to realize?
What insecurity holds you back? Is it any wonder you feel unsure, uncertain, cautious, or doubtful in your approach to this sensitive issue? There is so much working against you. Our enemy knows your potential and fears what could happen if you not only knew your greatest calling, but walked in it confidently. Why do you think he works so hard to make you feel incompetent, unqualified, fearful, or even undeserving? So you’ll avoid it.
Think about it. Oftentimes, it is the unknown that makes us feel unsure or insecure. Most of the time when we’re faced with insecure feelings our instinct is to back-track or avoid those situations or circumstances. If we can’t avoid them, then our other option is to live in fear and dejection of the circumstances that bring feelings of insecurity. But if we understood the path to our greatest calling is often on the other side of our greatest insecurity, we could plunge headfirst into that area of insecurity, knowing that great blessing is waiting on the other side. Because the good news is, there is also much working for you.
The Blessing on the Other Side
The blessing found on the other side of anyone’s insecurity is an absolute reliance on Jesus. You can’t make it through any other way. Freedom from the insecurity is just icing on the cake. The real prize is living a life dependent on Him. When you do there is nothing that can hold you back.
He knows this. Your enemy knows this. Now, you need to know it.
It’s the reason our good God will sometimes place our calling on the other side of insecurity. His number one desire is for you and your heart. He knows to reach that calling you’ll have to go through Him, to Him and with Him.
It’s also the reason your enemy wants you to stay in the bondage of insecurity. His number one desire is for you to stay as far away from God as possible. The enemy also knows to reach your calling you’ll have to go through God, to God and with God. It’s why he works so hard to keep you from moving forward.
The choice is and always has been yours to make. Will you stay stuck in the bondage of fear and avoidance, or will you take your Savior’s hand and walk confidently toward your calling, no matter what it takes?
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“…my power is made perfect in weakness……For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10