Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So Long Insecurity: Chapter Three

"No person on earth can love you perfectly enough to mend a tear in the crimson fabric of your soul."

"Be careful who you covet. Be careful how you judge. Be slow to size somebody up and think you know all about her type. She's no different from you. Nobody's unbreakable here on this planet. Only the dead don't bleed when they're cut. We all fear that we aren't who we are pretending to be. The more careful we are about what we're projecting, the more driven we tend to be by fear." (I have certainly fallen victim to this.)

"Don't ask if that's okay with them. Here's the real question: is that okay with you? You and I are going to have to come to a place where we stop handing people the kind of power only God should wield over us."

"Most of us have what I'll call a prominent false positive: one thing that we think would make us more secure in all things. You want to know how you can pinpoint your own prominent false positive? The thing you tend to associate most with security." (Hello.....the scale....body image.)

"Acquiring your prominent false positive is like putting a finger in the crack of a bulging dam. You can tr to stop up a leak in one place, but the pressure's going to build up in another, and one day that levee's going to burst."

"Any of those things might soothe the savage beast for a while, but it will inevitably wake back up, and the hope deferred will make it angrier than ever. No one solitary thing on this entire planet has the power to secure everything else."

"Although we may have something unhealthy deep inside of us, those in whom Christ dwells also have something deeper. Something whole. Something so infinitely healthy that if it would but invade the rest of us, we would be healed."

Our Challenge...

"To let the healthy, utterly whole, and completely secure part of us increasingly overtake our earthen vessels until it drives our every emotion, reaction, and relationship. When we allow God's truth to eclipse every false positive and let our eyes spring open to the treasure we have, there in His glorious reflection we'll also see the treasure we are. And the beauty of the Lord our God will be upon us (Psalm 90:17 NKJV)"

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