“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Confidence; noun the feeling or belief that we can rely on someone or something; firm trust. Having confidence is simply having faith. Confidence is a daily choice. I can choose to believe in myself, in my own abilities, in my own strength. Believe me I’ve chosen that route a time or ten & it always leads me back to disappointment. Yes, God has given me gifts, talents and abilities & he expects me to use them. But he also warns us to humble ourselves & not to think of ourselves more highly than we should. The Bible is full of stories of ordinary people who God uses to do extraordinary things. So shouldn’t our confidence be in God alone? It’s easier said than done. I used to workout everyday twice a day & track macros obsessively. I also used to believe that I deserved all the credit for my bodies transformation. I wanted to be rewarded & recognized for the hard work I put in. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being proud of your accomplishments in life. I love goal setting and cheering for my friends.
Setting PR’s in the gym, weight loss & muscle gaining transformations are things that should be celebrated. Working hard & getting results helps improve our confidence. But what do we do when our Self confidence fails us? When we fail to meet our goals. When internet trolls leave comments that hurt. When your friends don’t support your new side hustle. When your family doesn’t understand your lifestyle. When you lose your job unexpectedly. When you lose a loved one. And the list goes on and on.
We all have weakness, struggles, & a past. We’ve likely experienced loss or disappointment. Confidence is built by overcoming fear, doubt, & worry about our future. It’s strengthened when we leave our failures in the past & move forward. In my experience confidence is impossible to maintain on our own. Once I chose to live my life for Jesus I began to understand everything good in me is from God. I suddenly became aware of how my confidence had been a roller coaster of highs & lows based solely on my performance, appearance & circumstance. I would be super confident one day & full of doubts & fears the next. The more I read my Bible the more God reveals to me that having faith in Him & his eternal love for us is the foundation of my faith. I am in awe of his strength & power. He takes all of my sin, shame & failure & covers it with His unending love. He transforms my thoughts & renews my mind daily—reminding me that my troubles on earth are nothing compared to the eternal glory that awaits. My goal is to please him in all that I do. My hope is in my heavenly reward. My confidence is in Christ alone. He rights my wrongs. He gives me strength. He equips me to complete the work he prepared for me in advance. God never changes. He’s the same yesterday, today & forever more. If I choose to put my trust in him & remain in him I can live in true confidence. Unwavering belief that God is faithful & if he began a good work in me he will complete it.
It doesn’t mean I won’t have fears or doubts. It doesn’t mean I won’t have struggles or go through hardships. It simply means that my faith in God allows me to live in peace & have hope in through it all. It means I won’t give up when things get tough. Keeping my confidence in Christ what keeps me going. Here are some practical ways I’ve gained confidence along my journey.
• Meditating on a specific scripture that reminds me God is in control “who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Philippians 3:21. God loves me “May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”Psalms 33:22. God created me for a purpose, & God gives me strength. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
•Writing words of affirmation (worthy, smart, confident, kind, beautiful, strong) & putting them somewhere I can see them daily.
• Focusing on the progress I’ve made & celebrating other’s accomplishments.
•Reading books & listening to podcast that align with my goals or help with mindset. I’m currently reading The Power of Five by John Maxwell.
If you would like to gain confidence in the areas of health and fitness I would love to help! You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media for more information about one on one coaching! Have a great week!