Posted in Character, Faith

When Crisis of Confidence is a Good Thing

A crisis of confidence. It’s a common experience. We don’t think we’re right for the job. It’s way too big for our shoes.

It doesn’t have to be a Moses-size calling.

It can be the job of changing two very messy diapers at the same time for your one year old and newborn. “I’m not cut out for this, Lord! I’m the one who wanted my kids five years apart. Remember?” True story.

Our heavenly Father specializes in placing us positions where we need Him. Where we rely on His strength and wisdom, because we don’t have enough on our own. It’s called dependence on God, and it’s a good thing.

When my oldest daughter was in second grade, she hated spelling. She would throw her hands up in frustration and declare, “I can’t do this!” In response, my husband and I required her to sing Philippians 4:13–I can do all things, all things, all things. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…

My daughter was determined to use the word “can’t.” So over and over she would unwillingly sing, I can do all things…

Looking back twenty years I would adjust my approach. Instead of insisting my daughter recite “the right” words, I would encourage her to acknowledge her inability and then ask Jesus for His help. I would walk with her to discover God’s strength in her weakness.

As leaders, the Lord doesn’t want us to shoot for average or comfortable. Neither does He want us to simply power through. When we come to the end of ourselves, we position ourselves to depend on God’s sufficiency. As we trust Him, we walk beyond our own territory and into His.

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