Trust and Confidence

Last night I watched as Anne was working to perfect her standing back handspring on the tumble track during her tumbling class. She has been working on this for a long time and watching it come was fun. As I have been watching her over the last couple of months, I just kept thinking that she needed to have confidence in her ability to do it before she was willing to try. It’s a scary trick. In a walkover or a limber, you bend over and put your hands on the ground before you bring your legs over your head. But in a handspring, your feet leave the ground before your hands hit the ground to help propel your feet around.

But as I watched last night, I realized there is another part to it as well. She had to trust her teacher to let her know when it was okay to try it on her own. Hannah was right there, spotting Anne as she flipped, right up until the time that Hannah felt Anne could do it on her own. When that time came, Anne was ready, but not until Hannah told her she was ready.

As I was writing in my journal last night when we got home it occurred to me that our walk with Christ is like that. We put our trust in Him, and when our trust is fully in Him, we have the confidence that is needed to follow His lead and do what He asks us to do.

If that is true, then when we know what our call is, but we are hesitant to step out in faith to follow it, is it because we haven’t fully placed our trust in Him?

Jeremiah 17:7 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” When we truly put our trust in Him, and we step out confidently to do what it is that He has called us to do, we are blessed.

Sometimes stepping out to do something new is scary. But when God calls us to do something, it is because He says we are ready, and we have to trust Him. And that trust brings us the confidence to do what we are called to do. Which in turn, brings us blessing, but more importantly, brings God glory.

What has God called you to do that you have been hesitating to do? I encourage you to step out confidently today and trust that you are ready. God says so.

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