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Perspective is Everything

Antique RadioI grew up hearing the phrase “Image is Everything!” And I believed it.

I’ve been in sales or marketing for almost 20 years. Presenting a good image to the customer has always been second nature to me. Since childhood I have  invested enormous amounts of energy in being good, doing good, seeming good and looking good.

Just thinking about it makes me let out a long laborious breath.

For decades, God has worked behind the scenes of my life to set me free from needing to appear perfect. I’m still in the process of letting go of the desire to orchestrate life so that people have a certain opinion of me. Simultaneously, God has encouraged me to pray for humility and the death of my pride. And yes, I heard Beth Moore explain that insecurity is a form of pride.  Thanks for holding up the mirror Beth.

On Thursday this week, I posted this as my status update: “Lord…. I thank you for helping me acknowledge that I am not enough – but allowing that lack to grow my faith instead of my insecurity. You are always enough! More than enough.” It was 5:38am and I was rested, renewed by His word and feeling strong in Him. But in less than 18 hours, my insecurity was popping out all over like a bad case of hives! One or two of my “You Are Not Enough” buttons got pushed and the resolve I had when I posted the above quote was GONE!

But….

  1. On at least one level, I knew the insecurity was a lie. It was not my reality. And I was able to say that out loud.
  2. I told at least two godly women I was feeling insecure. This a big step for a recovering perfectaholic!
  3. Both of these godly women spoke truth to me. They gave me God’s perspective on who I am and Who He is.

One of those women took the photo of the antique radio featured in this post. The radio (merely a cabinet now) is less that four feet tall, but she changed the perspective by lying on the floor to capture the image.  Ahhh….Thank You God for the visual “A HA”.  I had somehow managed to lie on my back and look up at what might as well have been a Vegas neon sign saying “Jennifer Can’t Cut It!”  But in reality, the lie was  short, old and unable to do what it was designed to do (like the old radio).  In the case of Jennifer vs. “You Are Not Enough”, perspective was everything!

Image is something someone else is in control of.  But perspective, that’s a choice I get to make!

How is your perspective today?

Has someone helped you off the floor to change your perspective?

How do you stand up to the lies? What scriptures keep you focused on reality?

Photo by Diana Bogardus

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

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  1. Another great word! Thanks!