“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Psalms 27 1-3
One of the major stumbling blocks in some of our lives is that we lack confidence. Consequently, we are afraid to venture out and maximize our true calling. Even though, some of us are not afraid to venture out but we rely heavily on others to assist us. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting help as no man is an island but there are certain steps that you can do yourself without relying on others. We rely a lot on others sometimes because we lack confidence. Some of us don’t even bother to get help because we believe we can’t. We have the “I can’t” mentality and so we live our life living in fear and just dream about what we want without pursuing it.
Rise Up and take your position with confidence knowing that Lord is your light and salvation.
How to live with confidence?
Based on my personal experiences, here are some steps that you can follow so that you can live with confidence.
- Have faith and trust in the Lord
One of the main reasons we do not live with confidence is the fact that we lack faith. One way to develop your faith is to put your trust in the Lord. If you trust in the Lord, then you would believe that the Lord is your strength, the Lord is your salvation and the Lord is your light. If you truly believe these attributes about the Lord, you should not be afraid. You will not fear evil, you will not fear anyone, you will not fear your enemies and you will not be fearful of failure.
- Believe in yourself.
Don’t get caught up in what society dictates what success is. Don’t get caught up in your personal appearances. Don t get caught up in your family background. Don’t try to be like someone else. Be you.
Believe in yourself. Believe that you can do what you were called to do. Don’t believe the negativity what other people think about you. You know who you are. You know your strengths and you know what you were called for. However, equip yourself with all of the knowledge and tools you need so that you can live with confidence.
- Do not worry
If you want to live in confidence, you need not worry about anything. You will face some setbacks and rejections but do not worry about them. Look at them as opportunities. Furthermore, the word of the Lord tells us not to worry about our life. If you worry, you will end up becoming afraid and then you will lack faith and then you will not trust in the Lord nor believe in yourself. When you find yourself beginning to worry, remind yourself that worrying will not solve anything. The best thing to do is be at peace and if you are, you can live with confidence.
- Be Bold and Be Strong.
Joshua 1:9 stated that “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Remember that God is always with you so be bold and be strong as you get up each day to face this chaotic world. Remember God is also your shepherd. If you are bold and strong, you can take risks. As I learned in Economics 101, “The greater the risks, the greater the reward.”
- Think positive
Live with confidence by thinking positive. Don’t start a business thinking it will fail. Always think it will work out. Don’t get married thinking it will fail. Always think it will work out. Don’t think failure even if it looks like you are failing.
Living with confidence is a major struggle especially in the midst of so much uncertainty. The key element is not to be afraid of anyone or anything. If you have faith, then you will trust in the Lord, you will believe in yourself, you will not worry and you will be bold and strong to walk with confidence in your path.
However, I caution you, as you live with confidence, do so with humility. Do not be arrogant or act superior to others.