Self-confidence is NOT all it’s cracked up to be!
What?? Why not??
Look in the middle of that word and what do you see?
a Big Fat “i” !
then there’s the word “SELF” to start things off!!
see where I’m goin’?
What I’ve been realizing lately is that self-confidence is anti-Biblical. Check out Philippians 3:3-14. Paul made a laundry list of his self-confidence and credentials, then put it on the trash heap. Because it paled in comparison to Christ. I could make the same laundry list: great background, great experiences, and lots of Christian influence from a young age. And I’m thankful for all these things! Really. I wouldn’t change anything.
The only problem is that Big Fat “i” in the middle of self-confidence! ‘Cuz I got a lot of it…the self-confidence …and the “i“! Since I’m comfortable in my background and my training, it’s all too easy to habitually rely on that instead of relying on God. When I rely on my self confidence I often choose good over best. The end result isn’t even good!
I plan, prepare (good) and push (not so good) …. instead of pray (best!)
I work (good) and wonder (not so good) …. instead of waiting on God (best!)
I covet & compare myself to others (not good) …. instead of being content (best!)
I focus on ME (not good) …. instead of focusing on HIM (best!)
I end up frustrated (not good) …. instead of free (best!)
As I look at what other people are doing, I think, “I could do that!”
But the question isn’t Could I, it’s Has God Called Me?
Paul says “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). That’s what I need to do – Crucify that Big Fat “i”. I just wish that Big Fat “i” would stay dead!