“Your level of strength is directly related to your level of confidence.” –Carl Lentz
Where does your confidence lie? Is it in yourself? Or is it in something more powerful?
Anxiety often occurs because of worry and lack of confidence in the future. What if I…? How can I…? Where do I…? Who will I…?
Notice all those statements revolve around confidence in self! There’s a feeling of the future depending on me.
Again, where does your confidence lie? Is it in yourself? Or is it in something more powerful?
How do you gain the strength to step out of the boat into confidence? I’d love to share a bit of my own story to illustrate this idea.
I was an elementary school teacher for 17 years. It’s all I knew. Kids. Kids. Kids. And about half way through those years something began to stir inside my soul. I went through an extremely difficult time personally with anxiety, depression, and major health issues during this soul shaking. Through about 10 years, God brought me from a place of complete despair and lack of confidence in everything to a place of complete confidence in Him. And He healed me completely and totally.
Then He asked me to step out of my own boat. He asked me to leave my teaching career and trust Him. He allowed me to be trained as a health coach using my own personal struggles with health as a basis for my new career. In May 2017 I left my job and stepped into a new job with completely unstable income. I didn’t and still don’t know where the next paycheck is going to come from- or if it will come at all.
I have stepped out of my personal boat. My personal life raft. Me. And I have stepped into the confidence of God.
At a worship service recently, God gave me an image. Just like he asked Peter to step out of the boat and trust Him, he has asked me to do the same. And I have listened. I have stepped out of the boat. I am completely vulnerable. I have the weight of worry and anxiety tied to my feet. As long as I keep my eyes on Jesus the weight doesn’t even bother me. Yet, when I let my eyes wander down and focus on the weight it begins to pull me under.
I’m not going to lie and say I’ve kept my head above water. I have had days where I have been flailing trying to keep my own head above the water. This flailing is painful and anxiety provoking. Then… Jesus reminds me to keep my eyes on Him. And as I return my eyes upward, almost instantly the peace returns and I am again standing on the water instead of nearly drowning.
This is a Peace that passes all understanding. I can’t explain it. I can’t tell you why God has chosen to give it to me. What I can tell you though is that this Peace is available to every single person on this planet. It’s available to you.
All you have to do is step out of your boat into the confidence of God. When you’ve reached the end of your rope, the end of your confidence tap into a confidence that is so much stronger and powerful. And unlimited.
Now, I’m not telling you to quit your job. What I’m suggesting is to put your confidence in something more powerful than yourself. Step out of the boat of yourself and into the version of you that you were designed for.
What are you waiting for? Step into confidence today!