Dare to be Confident
Where does confidence come from?
Most will say that confidence comes from within.
“Just believe in yourself and all will be okay.”
I haven’t found this to be true.
How can I have confidence in myself when I have messed up A LOT?
Natale Grant and Charlotte Gambill have given such a great example of this feeling of insecurity and how to handle it that I just had to share it with you.
“Insecurity is the uneasy, unsettled, and fearful awareness of the gap between who I want to be and who I am. Most of us will feel something like this at some point today if you haven’t already: “I’m not enough; I don’t have it.” That anxious, uneasy, unsettled, fearful feeling threatens to take over. But remember this: It is His unrelenting grace that gives the courage to shake that off. In those moments of self-pity and fear, God is speaking. But are we listening? He who spoke us into existence is speaking now.”
Writing this post is so hard for me because I am not a confident woman. My feelings of inadequacy multiply when I try to act like I am.
The enemy will remind me of all the times I have failed.
I hear the voice of my step-father saying I will never amount to anything.
I feel the sting of my divorce and the times that my ex-husband cheated on me and made me feel like I wasn’t enough of a woman.
I am reminded of the times I tried to step out of my comfort zone to share about my business and I was told no.
I could list more, but I think you get the idea. If you are anything like me, similar thoughts run through your head as well.
So what can we do? If confidence doesn’t come from self, where can we get it?
Leadership transformationalist, speaker, author, and pastor, Keith A. Craft gives a perfect definition of an amazing concept called, “Godfidence: an assurance of mind and a firm belief in the heart in the reality of God and possessing the courage to become completely who God has called you to be and do what He has called you to do.”
I just love this, don’t you? By relying on God INSTEAD of yourself, you can put it all on Him.
When those doubts come up, and I promise they will, you can respond with the truth,
“The Lord is my Helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”