One of the problems that most threatens women throughout the world, regardless of their background, race or education is insecurity.
We very easily feel insecure about our appearance, our education, our projects, our talents, our opinions, our manners, our family history – in fact, just about everything.
Because of such insecurities, we always imagine every other person more suitable to perform some duties or develop projects, whether in the capacity of mothers, wives or friends, as being better than us, and we pity ourselves for this.
In this case we don’t even take into account women who hide behind rage, anger and rudeness so that people don’t know how insecure or unstable they are.
What little we learn, what little we are, we just hold onto in desperation. We are not prepared to learn new things or to try new trends that would possibly put our image at risk and push us out of our comfort zone.
I may have suggestions from others about changing my appearance but I grew up convincing myself that this hairstyle was good enough, so I denied myself the opportunity of trying something new. If faced with the fact that the new might be better, I would have to agree with those who originally suggested the change.
I may have a wish to change my career but the fear of adapting to a new lifestyle or not being able to deliver what I promised prevents me from giving it a try.
I may feel a gap in my relationship with God but the fear of confronting it overpowers my desire to give myself entirely to my Saviour. At the end of the day, I am a Christian -- I have been a Christian all my life.
So women continue with their mediocre lives, not enjoying the fullness they could experience because they have been captive to so little.
In every field of life, we can only have more if we give what is now in our hands.
Spiritually speaking, I can only be the one God meant me to be if I surrender to Him the person I now am, if I am prepared to lose my identity and inherit God’s identity in me.
This is the biggest sacrifice of all: when you are prepared to leave your will, your ideas, your thoughts, your life aside and embrace what God has prepared for you.
These 21 days of fasting gave each one of us the opportunity to sacrifice our identity and to receive God’s presence in us.
If God takes the lead, why should insecurity still keep me a slave?