“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you...”~1Tim. 4:14a (NASB)
The first step to walking in confidence begins with deciding what kind of person you are going to be; and then decide to be ok with it. Make your decisions on right and wrong. How are you going to let the past and your experiences factor into your future? Clarify your views on family, Faith, finances, "success," and priorities. Put an end to indecisiveness, and make a stand on the choices that will become your values. Too many people change their values and definitions of right and wrong based on situations and circumstances; who comes and goes in their life; the trends and views of society. It’s refreshing to meet someone who will not change with every opportunity or setback. And that person’s essence screams of confidence!
Secondly, and most importantly, confidence comes from a knowing of who God created us to become, and what He hid inside [of us]. What passions and talents lie at the core of who you are? God has given each one of us the ability and opportunity to effect change. He has placed in us a gift and talent that we have the ability to be passionate about. It may take no time or a long time to uncover that passion – that thing we would give up everything for; that which we would do for free if we could. But no matter how long it takes, it is important to make both of these steps happen! Much of the Greatness God desires to ignite in the world doesn't happen because many of us either don’t have the confidence, or we don't have the character (i.e. integrity -- which we will discuss next week) to achieve true greatness. As a result, opportunities and generations are lost without heroes. Ideals and standards become blurred. Values are lost to superficial desires. True greatness becomes the exception when in reality it is not for the exclusive – it is highly inclusive.
To wrap up, a great key to helping us on the road to confidence is to remember that GOD is the one who designed us for greatness, so let HIM lead and not the voices and opinions of others. Get those blinders back on! ALL EYES ON HIM!!!
"Run Your Race"
I have put the blinders on
I am coming around the home stretch
Finally the race has come down to
the battle between what I have accomplished
and what I am capable of
I have never bet more on the latter
Risking it all has never felt more right
The goal never more in sight
Throwing off weariness, discouragement,
distractions has never been more vital
I'm running my own race now.