When you start out to do something new, do you doubt that you have what it takes? Do you really want to make a name for yourself or to gain recognition? Do you have moments of fear when you start something new?
How do you deal with the “D” word which inevitably arises? Doubts don’t do much for your confidence level except give you a million reasons why you shouldn’t. Insecurities play havoc and can bump around in your mind. My pastor tells me that the source of these feelings come from unfair criticism, unrealistic compliments, and unwise comparisons.
Don’t hang out with those jokers.
God’s view of your life is different than what your limited perspective tells you.
God has given you more than you think to accomplish more than you think.
It’s less about you and more about God.
Repeat this in your mind as often as you need to.
Don’t insult God by saying you don’t have what it takes. God can perform wonders through you. Paul wrote in Ephesians about being a work of art by God’s hand. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) Wait, God planned the good “things” for us long ago, like years before you were born? Yes, however, I realize there are days when you don’t feel like a masterpiece. These insecurities are traps where you simply take the opportunity to go to God and He reminds you of who He is in your life.
God has seen the beginning and the end of your life. He knows the mid-life years too. God makes all things new and renewed (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, why do we call ourselves unworthy or inadequate if God is living on the inside of us? That is saying God is inadequate in creating. He simply can’t deny His own character in what His hands have made.
Watch out, I’m about to get on my soapbox here.
Believe this truth…you are God’s poetic statement. It doesn’t matter whether you feel it or not. The Author of Life has written your personal identity. Feelings of inadequacy, or failure, or doubt don’t get to boss you around and dictate insignificance. What’s inside of you is bigger than what’s coming against you. God will consistently, and lovingly, guide you to the exact place He needs you to be so that He can write His story of beauty in you. He can bring all beauty from every pain.
Here’s what God says about your future:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Here’s my story:
I once was afraid to write out my thoughts. Even further, I was more afraid to let you read them. Then I threw out a million fleeces asking God if He was sure about this idea. I could only come up with failure, disappointment, and fears. Next, I dreamed Simon Cowell was kicking me out of the writer’s arena, saying I better never write again. For years I gave God a million reasons to quit.
What the “D” word can do.
Doubt will do that either take you deeper or take you out of the running. Don’t doubt that you have in you what God wants from you. You don’t need enough faith to finish, only to start. I know what you are thinking, easy to say…hard to apply in your real life. When you find that “thing” and put aside that “d” word, then there’s a bigger monster hiding under your bed.