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Insecurity and Identity

Rev. Crystal March 21, 2014 0 comments
Insecurity and Identity
All humans have insecurities and issues with identity. All leaders have insecurities and issues with identity. No one is immune to these issues, and if anyone tells you differently, they are not telling the truth. I want to say this loud and clear, because it is important to bring normalization to these issues. If we realize others struggle with insecurities and their identity, then we can know we are not alone. Part of the mission of the church is people coming together to support one another and help each other when they are feeling insecure, and feeling like they don’t know who they are.
Recently, in a Reflections magazine article entitled “Who Am I?” I read about a phenomenon called “God-esteem.” The author talked about a person’s worth, and how one should be grounded in the Bible in order to find their value. It was a good article, which reminded the reader about a confidence they can have, because they are loved and called by God.
When I think about my own life, I am reminded of times when I have felt insecure or had issues with identity. As a female leader, I have not always owned my call. There have been times I have wanted to hide under a rock, and not stand up for what I knew was right and scriptural. In these times, the Holy Spirit has empowered me to be who I am called to be. The Holy Spirit has given the gift of faith, an extra measure of faith to believe in the dream and calling.

In faith, I want to speak to you today reader. God has called you, and has called you with all of your insecurities and identity issues. God wants to take the picture of your life, and make a beautiful painting and creation. God can and will use your past and every life circumstance to bring you closer in relationship. God is drawing you closer even now. The Holy Spirit is working on the inside, and is reconstructing your identity and is facing your insecurities. God is preparing you, and standing before you to guide and protect you. Whatever you face, the God of peace and majesty is with you. Do not compare your ministry or calling to another. Be confident in your calling, and walk in assurance of your faith. Stand strong, and fulfill the vision and dream God has given.

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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