Deeper Day 281: Confidence

Yesterday a friend came over to walk with me and without thinking about it, I headed out like normal. When we came to a point where there was a cattle guard in the road, she looked at me as if to say, “Are we seriously going to cross over this?” I said, “Yep, let’s go.” She asked, “What’s the best way to cross over this thing?” And without thinking I quickly replied, “With confidence.”

I’ve learned from crossing over it multiple times every single day that the more you think about crossing it without falling, the easier it is to fall. I’ve learned to boldly walk over it, but only because I’ve been at it for a while. I’ve learned from making mistakes and literally falling through the spaces of that grate. I’ve learned how to cross it in the rain when it’s really slippery. I’ve learned how to run across it too. I’ve traversed that grate in many different circumstances, and each time my confidence has increased.

This didn’t mean I was any better than my friend or that she was falling behind in any way. What it did mean was I had information that she could benefit from. I had previous experience that could help me lead her to successfully cross that grate with far fewer instances of peril than I had. She could build upon the information I gave her and move from nervousness to confidence far more quickly than I did on my own.

Life situations are exactly the same. You never know who around you may need to know what you’ve learned. You never know who could benefit from your “hard knocks”, and whoever you may learn from because of their progress and process. The beauty we find when we learn from one another and share with each other is this, what took someone a long time to learn can be shared and can move another along much more quickly.

Sharing is caring…they always say. It’s true though.

What you have learned while walking through the trials of life are meant to help others. And what we all could use at different times is more confidence.

The more confidence we have, the less we’ll slip up. Just a reminder though, confidence and arrogance are very near to each other and we must remain diligent to avert arrogance. Arrogance is the beginning of many downfalls. It’s our enemy. Quiet confidence in God and His promises is best.

Prayer Moment: God, give me the confidence to walk through this life. Bring others alongside me to help show me how to more confidently traverse my current situations. Help me to reach out to others who are walking where I’ve been and offer them a hand to guide them. A word to inspire them or a shoulder to lean on as they learn how to more confidently navigate their own life. Help me to walk in humble confidence. Hold me, Abba. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

O Lord, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior. Psalm 38:21-22

Through You we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever. Psalm 44:5-8