I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone and we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do
And Grace calls out, ‘You are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desperately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted.’ Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted.”
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
As long as we live, our self-absorption and our insecurity will walk together, holding hands and swinging them back and forth like two little girls on their way to a pretend playground they can never find. Human nature dictates that most often we will be as insecure as we are self-absorbed. The best possible way to keep from getting sucked into the superficial narcissistic mentality that money, possessions, and sensuality can satisfy and secure us is to deliberately give ourselves to something much greater…[Christ] showed us that giving, rather than getting, is the means to receiving…to find yourself, your true self, you must lose yourself in something larger.
So Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us
It is argued that because they believed thoroughly in a just, moral God they could put there faith there and let the smaller insecurities take care of themselves. But I think that because they trusted themselves and respected themselves as individuals, because they knew beyond doubt that they were valuable and potential moral units- because of this they could give God their own courage and dignity and then receive it back. Such things have disappeared perhaps because men do not trust themselves anymore, and when that happens there is nothing left except perhaps to find some strong sure man, even though he may be wrong, and to dangle from his coat-tails.
East of Eden
[Many Christians] below the surface of their lives are guilt-ridden and insecure … [and] draw the assurance of their acceptance with God from their sincerity, their past experience of conversion, their recent religious performance or the relative infrequency of their conscious, willful disobedience.
Dynamics of Spiritual Growth: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal, IVP Academic.
Honoré de Balzac
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
All fear stems from either ‘I am not enough’ or ‘I don’t have enough.’
Jesus wants me to tell you again … how much is the love he has for each one of you — beyond all what you can imagine. … Not only he loves you, even more — he longs for you. He misses you when you don’t come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.
Come, Be My Light
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.
Underneath our frantic pace is a question: Is this work I do good enough?
Taken from Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley Hales Copyright (c) 2009 by Ashley Hales. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com
Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) & Liz Lemon (Tina Fey)
Jack Donaghy: “We are lovers.”
Liz Lemon: That word bums me out unless it’s between the words “meat” and “pizza.”
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