What holds me back from my vision? Part 1.

(This blog was originally published by Amanda Whaley on April 6, 2015)

I have a vision for authenticity, and yet, often I find myself covering up faults and flaws because I’m afraid of being truly known. Pride holds me back when I have an inaccurate understanding of who I am, and insecurity holds me back when I worry that others have an inaccurate view of who I am.

A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

Proverbs 29:23 | NASB

If pride and insecurity are two sides of the same coin, then so, too, are self-confidence and humility. When I find that I am hiding behind an image of myself that isn’t the real me, I combat pride and arrogance by remembering where my intrinsic value lies. I am His beloved. This means that fear cannot rule me; therefore insecurity should not drive my interactions. In the past, when I have allowed insecurity to dictate the boundaries of my experience, I find myself pulling back and saying “no” to transformational opportunities and “yes” to stagnation. My vision supersedes my fear.