Henry Ford has been quoted as saying “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you are right.” If I believe I can do something I will more than likely succeed at it, but if I believe from the get go that I can’t succeed, well then, I will surely fail. Self esteem is a big buzz-word these days. It is big on the parenting blogs and in the parenting magazines and books. Open any one of them and you will find out how important it is to “foster your child’s self-esteem.” If you Google self-esteem it will return more than sixteen million results ranging from self-esteem tests, to the National Association of Self Esteem, to self esteem clothing (I am not too sure about that one.)They say it is all about believing in yourself, and having confidence in yourself.
I have always found it easier to believe in God than to believe in myself. After all, God is the one who is all-knowing. I was talking to a friend about this and she asked does God believe in us? Without a doubt God believes in us! In the Bible God says to Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah was young and scared and didn’t believe in himself at all but God did. God went on to say “Do not say, ‘I am only a child’……..See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms” THAT is BELIEF! That is confidence!
All throughout the Bible God used the most unlikely people to do the most amazing things. These people did not start out with confidence in themselves, but that was unimportant as God had the confidence needed to see them through. Just look at the Bible heroes. David was a child when he became the chosen one, he became an adulterer and a murderer, but he is indeed the most beloved of the Biblical heroes. Joseph of Egypt started out as a bragging child that no one liked and ended up saving not just his own family but his nation. Moses started out as a baby in a basket, was not known as a great speaker, and was never allowed to enter the Promised Land but is remembered as the greatest Prophet of all time. Those are just a few examples of how God uses people who are not necessarily the most confident, the most able, the best equipped, or even the most willing to do the job.
If God can turn Moses and Jeremiah into great Prophets with their fears and insecurities then who am I to say that God cannot help me be the best person I can be. I think I will stick to believing in God first and continue to trust that God does indeed believe in me.by