I’m insecure. I, like just about everyone of my peers spends at least a few minutes looking in the mirror everyday, thinking about everything about myself that I hate and would like to change. This mindset is inevitable. Since the fall of mankind when Adam and Eve sinned, we’ve been programmed with this dissatisfaction with who we are, what we look like & what may inherently make us, us. We can blame Hollywood, the advertising agency, those peers that rejected us in school, our parents, etc., but at the end of the day we must all realize that the blame game is as irrelevant as the argument you had with your sibling when you were five. Pointing fingers at the cause won’t solve the problem because the problem in fact is you. Not because you’re not perfect, but because you believe you have to be. Each and every one of us has been created to fulfill a unique purpose on this Earth & God designed each of us in His own perfectly flawed way to carry out that purpose. Even if you don’t believe in Him, you’re still a part of His plan for this world. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t make you too ugly, too fat, too annoying, too depressed, too addicted to things, too dumb, or even too smart. He made you just right, not perfect, but just right. I’m not implying then that we’re all stuck in who we are and that we shouldn’t change. I’m noting that our securities can’t be rooted in that that is constantly changing. And that that is constantly changing in a nutshell encompasses everything on this planet, including our perceptions of ourselves. So, yes I don’t think we even find securities in being pleased with ourselves because at the end of the day ourselves will change and change again. Temporary satisfaction in what/who you are is just as pointless as long-term insecurities as well. The only way to combat our insecurities & perceptions of ourselves is by placing our identity and our security in The One Who isn’t fleeting; The One Who is constant; The One who is The Great I Am. By being thankful for how He made you and knowing that He looks at your inward appearance and not the outward. And also knowing that He is daily shaping you into the person He has called you to be– struggles, failures and all, you are His perfectly flawed creation.