We all know that playing to our individual strengths enables us to be confident, and that each of us has our own differing strengths. However, all of us have one strength in common, our biggest strength is our Lord. As quoted from the Gospel of Matthew 19:26, “With God all things are possible.” This tells us that in order to be the most confident version of us, focusing on our Lord is a very important step. We also have to develop self-awareness, and know that we are made in the image of our Lord. Last, we must have faith.
First, focus on the Lord. Focusing on our Lord helps us to recognise that our successes come only from God. Knowing that our gifts and talent come from God, helps us to be more confident with the surety that it is God who will use us in the most powerful of ways when we glorify him through our amazing gifts. By letting our lives revolve around him, we will be able to build our self confidence by leaps and bounds, knowing that we can do anything with His help.
Second, self awareness. Self awareness is being able to know who you actually are, and not trying to hide behind a ‘fake’ you. Many people in our community tend to do this and try to hide all their flaws and imperfections, as a means to gain recognition, or simply because they hope to be liked more by others. After doing this day after day, we soon forget our true self and lose our identity. However, we must remember that we are created in the image of God. “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” ~Psalm 139:14. Let us never forget that we are the beloved children of God, made in his own image and likeness. We are all perfect to him, and it does not matter what others think of us.
Last, having faith. Trusting in the Lord. Having confidence in him. We need to know that the Lord has plans, and knows what is best for each and every one of us. I know that sometimes we feel that he’s not there for us during the times we need him most. But we have to believe that he hears our every word. Some may call this blind faith. Yes, it does seem weird to talk to someone when we cannot see, hear, or touch them. But God is working things out for you, even when you don’t feel it. Have faith and be thankful.
By Julianne Danielle Lim