A Platform

It’s easy to compare, to look around the room to see who’s there who might have one up.  From childhood, we girls have a tendency to be competitors and always want to be the winner, or at least on the winning team.  It’s how we’re cultured and the norm in the ME-saturated world in which we live.  We want to wear the latest fashions and be on top of our game at all times.  When we’re not on top, our confidence is shattered.  We all get sucked in to this way of thinking from time to time.  I was a bridesmaid in a wedding last weekend.  It was sobering to realize that I was one of the oldest, clearly the heaviest, and probably the most out of shape in the line up! 

My husband says “everybody needs a platform,” and it’s so true isn’t it?  If it’s not our job, it’s our home, our abilities as a mom, how spiritual we are (or appear to be), how many “likes” we get on our Facebook status (ouch), how much we serve, how well we serve, how successful we or our children are, how physically fit we are, or how fashionable we are.  Whether it’s work, church, the gym, or the grocery store, whether we’re a doctor, waitress, president of the PTA, or a stay-at-home mom, we all want a place to shine…a place that belongs to us…a pond where we can be the big fish!  Guess what.  It’s all part of living in a fallen world.  It’s a package deal, this being human thing… insecurity, judgmental-ness, fear, self-centeredness, pride, anxiety, lust, envy.  The list is endless and epidemic!  And it’s all rooted in SELF!

Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to accomplish goals with excellence, to be well put together and successful…nothing wrong with it at all, until it becomes all about us.  When our focus shifts off of glorifying God and we become consumed with what others are doing and our own advancement, it becomes sin.  And rightfully, that’s when our insecurities grow like a monster.  You see security comes from God.  He is the ONLY totally secure One in this life.  When our eyes are fixed on Him alone, and when we deny ourselves and follow Him, our security soars.  When we know who we are in Him, we’re unstoppable …rather He’s unstoppable through us! 

Who needs a platform when they’ve got the Creator of the universe?  

“You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139:5

He’s got our backs. Like all of those great men and women of unfathomable faith in the Bible, our successes and accomplishments will be because we’ve honored Him!  Those who don’t know Him will watch in awe and amazement as He accomplishes unimaginable things through us.  As Jesus-girls, isn’t this, after all, what we truly desire anyway, for Jesus to be glorified in us?  It’s so easy, even for women after God’s heart, to fall into that insecurity trap, striving to be like someone else.   Just don’t do it!  BE who He created YOU to be!!  This past weekend, I was helping lead worship on a song that was a ten minute recording.  A well-meaning friend piped up, “The more you can be like Kim Walker (a worship leader famous for her impromptu style), the better.”  I simply replied, “I’ll never be like Kim Walker, I really don’t want to be like Kim Walker (no disrespect to Kim Walker).  I can and only want to be Rivera Douthit, exactly who God created me to be.” 

So, if you want to wear designer clothes, fine.  But worry more about whether you’ve been clothed by the Ultimate Designer, Jesus.  Through Him you are robed in righteousness, purity, love, beauty, light, peace and security.  Stand tall in your real Designer duds with God-confidence.  Cease striving and rest in Him!  As you keep Him central and gain His confidence, you can scan ANY room and see yourself in a new light.  You can offer others encouragement and compliments with no fear or insecurity.  Stand up knowing His plans for you are unique and definitely won’t look like anyone else’s.  Then you can help others embrace who God’s called them to be.  Since we apparently all need one, let Him be your platform!  He is rock solid…One on which you can stand tall and unshakeable, allowing Him do things through you that leave you and others speechless!

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”  Isaiah 58:8 (NIV)

“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.”  Philippians 3:3

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways (deny yourself), take up your cross, and follow me.”  Matthew 16:24 (NLT)

Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, ‘If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.’” 1 Corinthians 1:26 (MSG)

Written for In His Steps Coaches http://www.ihsdance.com/

7 thoughts on “A Platform

  1. Kim Z says:

    I watched my youngest play Mary in church today as they performed the Stations of the Cross and then I come home to read this. My heart is full and I am happy to be reminded of His love by so many…by the innocence of children whose lives are completely open to him right now and by you who reminds me how special I am. I so just want to be that Jesus-girl. Thank you.

  2. Rivera Douthit says:

    I know. Got me worked up too, as you can see:) When I first started this blog, I didn’t think anyone would read it. The only reason I did it was because God said do it. It’s really been MY journey with God, so whether anyone reads or not, I’m being obedient. IF people enjoy and benefit along the way, then great! To God be all the glory. I’m right there with you Becca! Thanks for posting:) Love…

  3. rebeccaaarup says:

    Thank you for the reminder. As I started writing the devotions I have been working on, literally for months, I started to get worried about what would happen if no one read them or wanted to read them or even cared. I strongly felt the Lord’s leading in not “tagging” people in notes to get them to read it or telling everyone about it like I have in the past. It’s SO hard!! And through that I have realized how much I desire human affirmation of my writings when the only affirmation needed is GOD’S affirmation that I am doing what He called me to do, whether or not anyone reads it or likes it. I am doing this so He can change ME, and if someone else is blessed along the way then great! If not, then I can be assured in the fact that I am doing as God has inspired for His glory and for my spiritual growth so I can draw closer to Him. You’re right, we all want a platform, we all want recognition, but we can’t have peace until His recognition is the only one that matters! Whooo boy, gets me all worked up!! =) Love ya!

  4. Rick Huffstetler says:

    This is so good! My daughter deals with this kind of thing when it goes to the extreme as she works with young girls with eating disorders.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Wow. Eating disorders are complex, but can be overcome! At the core, they are control issues. But with intervention and when given to God, they can be completely healed:) Hats off to your daughter for allowing God to use her in that way:) And as always, thank you for your encouragement!

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