The prompt word for #FiveMinuteFriday and Day 14 of #write28days is confident. When I was very young I was pretty confident. Then, in my growing up years my confidence seemed to wane a bit. Throughout my adult life it has also been up and down.
It’s really only been in the last few years that my confidence has grown such that I’m not afraid to try new things. I’m not afraid of failure. Sure, it will come at times, but it’s okay if I don’t do things exactly right the first time. I can always try again.
What brought about this change and took away the fear of imperfection?
CONFIDENT IN THE LORD
In my opinion it is because my confidence is no longer in myself, but in God. Because my life is in His hands, I feel more free to move forward rather than cower behind. I can be vulnerable, because I know He is always with me and will never leave me alone.
My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident.
No wonder I can sing your praises!
Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
FRIENDS ALSO HELP BUILD CONFIDENCE
Even though I am confident and secure in Christ, it does help to have friends along the way to encourage.
Over five years ago, when I took up writing in earnest, I also joined an online writing group. On occasion we would critique each others work. But it was done in such a way as to encourage rather than tear down. We were not afraid to share our work, because the emphasis was that everyone had a voice, no matter how timid or small.
CONFIDENT BUT NOT PERFECT
Where once I would have been afraid to share my drawings or poetry until I was confident they were good enough, I now share from where I am. Maybe if others see my efforts it will encourage them not to be afraid to try.
Here are three tries to draw a face from a photograph. It’s still not perfect, but you can see the progression starting from the drawing in the top left of the left photo.
Even in matters of life regarding our families or work or recreation – it’s okay if we aren’t perfect or if we fail. There is much grace to offer ourselves and each other.
Tomorrow is a new day with more possibilities, and a chance to begin anew.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
CONFIDENT IN WORSHIP
Everything I do can be an act of worship and praise to the One who created me in His image. I want others to see Christ in me and awaken a desire in them to know Him.
As far as I know my fellow bloggers feel the same way. We want the world to know our Savior. Not everyone will like our message. But we can be confident in God, who will help us continue to bring truth and light even if our words are rejected.
2 Corinthians 4:5-6(CSB)
For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord,
and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give
the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
You can find the rest of my series HERE.