In a world full of comparison and competition, it is easy to become discouraged and lack the confidence needed to move forward.
We have each been given a specific set of gifts and talents, however when we spend our time comparing, we are essentially trying to play a game with the wrong pieces and set of rules. Or could you imagine showing up to practice with the wrong equipment? Could you picture a football player showing up for a swim meet, standing on the blocks in full gear? He would drown in seconds! And that is just what we do everyday we try to live someone else’s life with our unique abilities. You cannot look at someone else’s way of living and wish you had it with what you have been given, even if you tried to fake it for awhile, you would eventually feel the drain and exhaustion of the charade. And you would lack the confidence to keep on trying.
Want to know why some people look like “they have it so easy”? Because they are living the life God intended for them, they are applying themselves with the attributes needed to successfully play the game on the right field. They seem so confident…that’s because they ARE! They have confidence in what they are doing typically because they enjoy what they are doing, they are skilled in that area, and they know what to anticipate.
Confidence comes from the belief you have about yourself. Perhaps there is an area of your life where you feel self-conscious or have a lack of confidence. Then you most likely know the thoughts and feelings which moved in when confidence moved out: Fear, anxiety, worry, fatigue.
Not one of these feelings promotes a motivation to see yourself they way God sees you. We can have confidence today that there is a plan for each of us. Which is great news! There is a catch, and that is He also wants you to seek Him. In doing so, he will begin to reveal the specific way in which he made you. As with any plan, it requires some work. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has a plan:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Listen carefully to what happens next, God requires an action.. he gives us something to do. It isn’t enough for Him to know the plan, we have to do some digging to make it come to life. Jeremiah 12 – 13 goes on to call us into action in order to receive and know God’s plan:
12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
God doesn’t just have a plan. He has an ACTION plan! You can be confident knowing that if you seek, you will find, if you ask, he will answer. And if you open your heart, he will fill it with everything you need.