“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?” – That is the question that was asked of my friend Addie, (who happened to be in the fourth grade at the time) and there was no hesitation in her undaunted response. “Well, it’s tough to know what I will be, since I have SO MANY gifts and SO MANY talents, really, the possibilities are LIMITLESS!” Her answer was void of cockiness or pride but full of a confidence that could only come from a fully loved daughter who believed that the truest thing about her was what her parents said about her.
I wish I could have taken a snapshot and frozen that moment in time, for her sake. I never wanted her to forget that moment when she was FULL of confidence, fully aware of her limitless potential and ready to take on any challenge that could possibly come her way. There was something so RIGHT, even biblical about her response.
Don’t you wish for this kind of confidence? I know I do!
- Confidence that I will make the right decisions that will impact my family.
- Confidence to stand up for what is right, even if it means I would be standing alone.
- Confidence that I will be able to endure the storm I am weathering, and make it to the other side, stronger in my faith than ever before.
The key to this kind of confidence is so simple that a nine-year-old girl can grasp it. But don’t be so hard on yourself if you haven’t mastered it as of yet. I said it was SIMPLE, not easy.
CONFIDENCE is defined in the dictionary as, “the feeling of belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust and conviction.”
In this simple definition, I see 2 KEYS that will strengthen our confidence.
- BELIEVE what THE “Someone” says about you: God’s word is filled with declarations about your value and worth. To believe the truth about yourself, you need to know it! You are chosen (John 15:16) beloved (Jeremiah 31:3), and a daughter of the King (Galatians 3:26). READ IT! MEMORIZE IT! BELIEVE IT! (Simple but not easy!)
- RELY on THE “Someone” who knows you best, loves you most and calls you His (Romans 8:15). He is the Father who will never leave you. You can depend on Him to give you wisdom in times of indecision, strength in times of weakness and peace in the midst of life’s raging storms.
Take a minute to think back to your own childhood. Can you remember that time, that moment as a child when you possessed this kind of CONFIDENCE? If a beautiful memory just popped into your mind, consider yourself blessed (and rare). For most of us, we would need some time to dig through memories of shortcomings and self-doubt to find our “inner Addie.” But she is in there, and definitely worth finding if you just take the time to discover her!