I hate it when it gets the best of me. I allow it to control me and hold me back from doing the things I was created to do. That is fear.
I love it when I embrace confidence and find my strength through God and nothing else. I was reading my devotional today and a woman named Joyce Myers said, “Confident people do not concentrate on their weaknesses; they develop and maximize their strengths.”
If we could embrace this way of living imagine what we could do! Some of the most confident people in our society have failed, messed up, been put through hell and back and yet they know that they are not defined by their weaknesses. I want to be one of those people.
I want to be uncommon and do things I never imagined I could do, I want to live fearlessly and confidently. The world tells us that confidence comes from wealth, status and possessions. But what happens when all that is taken away and nothing is left? Where do we find confidence then?
I am fresh out of college, 23 years old, newly married, living in an apartment, driving a car my parents bought for me and working as a full-time nanny. Those are the things I own, a place I live and the vehicle I drive. But those things do not define who I am. Believe it or not, I am of great worth and the Lord is going to do great things through this young, modest living, 23 year old nanny.
Though I am not rich, God sees me like a gem in the rough, a beauty beyond compare. My confidence cannot come from things, status or job because those things will never be enough. I will fail sometimes and get knocked down but my confidence will not waver because what I do does not define me.
There is such great joy and peace in knowing that there is someone who adores and loves me unconditionally. Because of that, I can always know that I am beauty in a sea of ashes.
Let’s be the kind of women who exceed expectations because we are only trying to please the lord. A woman who doesn’t care what others say, because our creator loves us unconditionally. I want to stand out, who is with me? Let’s be UNCOMMON!
My Recovery – a Picture of God’s Grace, Laurie Glass
More than a Number, Constance Rhodes