The Upside of Insecurity

The Upside of Insecurity

According to Abraham Maslow, revered psychologist; a sense of security is a human need, shared by all human beings. 

Personally, I prefer feeling secure within myself.  I am at more at peace when I am secure within myself.  When I am at peace within myself, I have less need to make those around me uncomfortable.  So, it seems good to me to desire a sense of security.

Of course, I could be wrong.

Jesus tells a story in the Gospel According to St. Luke (18:9-14) of one man who feels secure and one who does not.  One man collects taxes for a living, and the other lives for God.  Oddly, Jesus approves of the man who is insecure in his relationship with God.  Why?  My best understanding of why Jesus encourages insecurity has to do with a deep truth: insecurity has the potential to foster self-examination and new growth in my relationship with God and with people.  This is, of course, a very uncomfortable way to live.  Yet I believe we must forsake comfort for the of insecurity.

Insecurity, as I have said, has the potential to foster self-examination, and  growth in my relationship with God and other people.  When I am feeling secure I run the risk of becoming complacent.  It is not so much that I seek the discomfort of insecurity, but that I desire the growth in my relationship with God and people that wrestling with my faults and my through failures has the potential to foster.

Perhaps you are willing to join me in partaking the upside of insecurity.  I can promise you discomfort.  I can also promise you, however, potential for growth in your relationship with God and other people.

Pastor MeCaskey

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