The fall season brings with it new things: a new school year, new clothes, new school supplies, new challenges, new teachers, and new cooler weather (hallelujah!).
Maybe you are:
starting your freshman year of college,
beginning a new job,
moving to Nashville for grad school,
diving into nursing school,
leading a Bible study for the first time,
sending your “baby” off to kindergarten,
Every new thing brings a new season of experiences.
Insecurities and apprehensions
On the precipice of all the newness, feelings of insecurity, intimidation, and doubt may abound. A rush of “I can’t do this” or “I don’t want to do this” may wash over you.
Nerves can tickle inside your heart, and anticipation can ignite an internal craziness. You may feel weak, apprehensive, and insecure.
If only you could be more confident.
If only you could walk into a new situation and own it.
If only you could be assured that who you are is a beautiful thing and what others think is inconsequential.
If only you could believe that you can do anything through the strength of Jesus.
3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence
God in His truth shows you how to boost your confidence by His strength. He speaks directly and gently into your questioning and insecure heart:
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB
You can boost your confidence by believing these 3 truths:
1. Confidence is not found in perfection.
“Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness…”
You don’t have to be perfect to be confident. It’s easy to think: “When I do this right or finally lose 10 pounds or get more education, I will be more confident.”
Instead, confidence is established in clearly seeing (actually boasting about) your weaknesses. Quit trying to present your perfect self. You are not. And, you don’t have to be.
2. God’s grace meets your imperfections.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness…”
Confidence comes through weakness, not by eliminating or perfecting weakness. God’s grace meets you in your imperfections and perfects them by His powerful strength. Actually, your weakness is the vehicle to His strength.
Admit your weaknesses, imperfections, and inabilities. You are released from the standard of perfection.
Oh, what amazing grace.
3. God’s strength empowers you to do everything you are facing today.
“so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
God’s power is powerful. His strength is strong. Whatever new things is ahead of you, step into the strength that is yours’ because of Jesus. Believe that His power is your power. He fills you with His strength and confidence as you settle your mind on His truth.
Now, go do it
What would I do….
How would I act…
What would I try…
if I believed I could?
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! Luke 1:45
Now, take a deep breath and step into your “something new.”
For more on grace, download the free Bible study, Breathe In Grace.