Confident: that’s a strange word for me. I spend most of my time pretending that I have confidence. I also pretend that I know what I am doing– but in truth, I rarely know what I am doing.
This is true when it comes to parenting and ministry.
I know that The Lord has given me the spiritual gifts of leadership and teaching.
One of the ways we can be certain of our spiritual gifts is by getting affirmation from the people around us. For me, people thank me for sharing and tell me they have been encouraged. But, I am never asked to speak and need to find these opportunities on my own.
So, even though I believe what I am doing is from The Lord, my confidence is very low. It’s so low because I am not getting much affirmation from the people around me.
So, I am not sure how I am supposed to grow in being confident.
I want to be surer, but then my conservative background peeks its head and reminded me that condidenc= boasting.
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A verse to think about
As Christians, we have a tendency to focus on the verse:
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by [awhom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
This means that we train ourselves to not think highly of our gifts. It also means that we don’t encourage each other in our gifts. We do this because we don’t want to cause people to be prideful.
But, we miss all the verses encouraging one another.
The Lord tells us that we need to encourage each other. He also tells us that we need to share with each other how The Lord is blessing us and using us.
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches
With this encouragement, we can give people the confidence they need to know that they are following the right path. We can help others know that they are using their spiritual gifts and that the work they put into a ministry has been profitable.
Now, I know that I should not be needing affirmation from people when I have it from God. But, the truth is that we all want to know that people like us and approve of what we say and do.
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