Has does faith shape your confidence? Do you plan for the worst and hope for the best?
Back when I was working as a high tech professional, one of the things that always ended up in my lap was turning around failed projects.
They ended up on life support because people lost hope that anything good could happen. The best strategy, they figured, was to simply survive.
I always knew the first team meeting I led was the most important. I would walk into blank stares and doodle art on notepads in the making.
After the usual Hi-I’m-here-t0-help-us-succeed preamble, I’d ask them one question that changed the charge in the air.
Tell me everything that’s wrong with this project.
In other words: “Let’s plan for the worst case scenario and go from there.”
People would start talking. I’d start nodding.
I got good at this approach and gained a reputation for turning dying projects around.
Unfortunately, I applied the same strategy to my spiritual outlook as well.
I got really good at planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
Don’t get me wrong, things looked good on the outside.
But my faith was limited by my fears of reality.
I started using my faith in God to solve problems, instead of experiencing life as He meant for me.
God is asking me to turn my game plan upside down. Completely.
“Confidence” is my word for the year, taken from Jeremiah 17:7. The root word in Hebrew means:
Boldness in God.
What if I planned for God’s best and let Him worry about the worst?
The thought exhilarates, but scares me.
After all, wasn’t Jeremiah thrown in a pit for days after he did what God asked him to do — after God told him “Blessed is the man who trusts in me, whose confidence is the Lord.”?
Jeremiah’s response freed me to say YES.
“But as for me: I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after you.” Jer. 17:16
My heart is what’s at stake, not my circumstances.
Pits of troubles wait for me, no matter what.
What is God’s best?
I’m discovering God’s best isn’t found in an outcome, it is found in me.
“For we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The root word for workmanship is poiema. It means “work of art”. Poiema gives us the English word “poem”.
You and I are God’s greatest creation.
We are His best work.
We are His artwork.
What would confidence like this look like?
For one thing, God’s didn’t design me for the purpose of solving problems. When I’m on my deathbed, you won’t find me smiling, naming all the problems I’ve solved.
I’m on a journey to live out of this confidence-in-Him thing this year.
It won’t be easy. Especially on the days that I definitely do not feel like art. Not the kind you’d want to hang on the wall anyways.
But yes, I will be making mistakes, wasting time and looking out of my element — while I do it.
What does this type of confidence look like for you?
The first place I want to grow in confidence is JOY.
Want to know more?
Join me next week, by jamming on the topic of joy.
See below for the faith prompt and let’s share this journey together.
Do you plan for the worst and hope for the best?
What does confidence and boldness look like for you?
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