“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself” Galatians 6:4
Once again, I quote from the book “Your But’s Too Big” by Travis Hearn. He writes about insecurity and how it comes out of low faith and high fear. He’s right–when I doubt myself, I am usually at a low point in my spiritual life. He suggests when our life is out of balance, it’s because we are unstable, uncertain, lacking confidence, shaky, or unsound.
Dolly Parton’s story of the coat of many colors shows how a little girl could not be shamed into insecurity. Her family was poor, but Dolly felt rich when her mother made her a new coat from scraps of material. Proudly, she showed up at school wearing her coat, and the kids laughed at her. Dolly didn’t let these school bullies bring her down. At age thirteen she began to perform and is a megastar, who never forgot her roots. The last verse goes like this:
But they didn’t understand it, and I tried to make them see
One is only poor, only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.
Lord, help us to be secure enough to move through all obstacles in life. Amen.