Confidence calms our fears, creates courage, and enables action.

Our culture’s fascination with self-esteem and self-confidence only indicates that most of us don’t have it.  To make matters worse, self-help programs tell us to look within to find it.  How can looking within radically help us when our problem is within?

The Bible is filled with stories of individuals who gain confidence not by looking within themselves but by looking outside themselves.  Amos is a classic example.  He was a fig picking sheep herder from nowhere but God “took (him) from following the flock.”(7:14-15) If you read his book, you’ll see a man of colossal confidence.  His confidence begins with someone bigger than himself.  He doesn’t look within.  He looks without. 

Working to bolster our confidence may help soothe our inadequacies but believing God has a mission for us transforms us from the outside in (Eph. 2:10).  Amos had a God and a mission bigger than himself that transformed him from a fig picking sheep herder to a dynamic prophet.

Confidence to act has more to do with God than us.

Grace Freak

Dan Rockwell

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