Thursday, June 14, 2007


Confidence is important to have in life. But why do so many people struggle to have confidence? What is it that gives us confidence, or takes it away? Where do we place our confidence?
The dictionary tells us that confidence is: "the quality or state of being certain." So confidence comes in the areas in which we feel certain. And yet, are we ever certain all the time? I don't think so. I don't think there is any part of my life where I am always certain. I am confident that I am in the job where I am supposed to be. But there are times when I have doubts. Usually, those times are when things aren't going well; when I fill like I am slipping and falling.
There are many places where we place our confidence. For many people, it is in their family, their job, and/or their own skills. But like I said before, there are things that can happen that can shake your confidence. Maybe you get fired from your job, and then struggle to get another job. You no longer have a job to make you feel worthy. This can happen with our skills as well. How often does a professional athlete go into a slump, and before the slump gets better it usually gets worse, because they have mentally lost their confidence.
I believe there is only one place where we can go for confidence, and that is God. God is the One who created the world, and created each of us. As I've talked about in my last few blogs, God has created us for a purpose and given us a vision. God is the only one who can truly say: "I will never leave you nor fosake you." Hebrews 13:6 says, "So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I wil not be afraid. What can man do to me?'"
In life we can go through many struggles. But when we realize that God is our helper, and that God walks with us in all things, then we can have confidence to know that all will be well in the end. There is nothing in life that can happen to us, that God can' deal with. God will not only help us to get through it, but can bring good out of it (see Romans 8:28).
So, I challenge you to be confident in those things God calls you to. We can overcome our fear and our lack of confidence by drawing on the power and presence of God. Tell me what you think by clicking on the "comments" button below.