Recently many of the kids in our church youth group have received their driver’s license. The only reason I know is because I’m one of those cool mom that’s on Instagram and I see their posts. Also, I have two teenage daughters who are approaching that age very quickly.
Being aware of this fact, it stired my thoughts about confidence and how it develops compared to being a beginner or experienced driver.
As a new driver, you are very cautious and aware of every little move of the car and those around you. I would say on a scale of 1-10 your confidence as a new driver is a 1 or 2. It’s all new! There isn’t much experience behind the wheel so there is an essence of uncertainty.
I believe the same is true as a new Believer in Jesus Christ. There is an excitement yet an uncertainty of what is all involved. As a new Christian, your confidence level is the same as a new driver a 1 or 2. This relationship is new and feels awkward at times. You have the manual (the Bible) but not sure how it all works. It will take some time and experience with God to develop a higher level of confidence just like a driver.
I’m sure if you are reading this you have been driving for many years. Think about it!
Remember what it was like to drive for the first time now think about when you first decided to follow God in your life. The both involved excitement mixed with some apprehension.
Now think about how you drive today. You get in your car, you know where you are going, you know how to get there, and you have experience on the road. As an experienced driver, your confidence is around 8 – 10.
Same is true with a relationship with God. If you have been with Him for some time, you have experience of his faithfulness and love in your life. Now our confidence can waver from time to time as we walk in and out of relationship with God and when life experiences chip away at it.
This is one of the main reason I started this blog is to empower you to develop and rebuild confidence in your walk with God so you can go live out your God-given purpose.
Now you can take this another level by being to overly self-confident. We know what we get when we have an over-confident driver on the road – road rage, fender benders and life threatening accidents.
Believe it or not but it is true of overly self-confident people. They don’t care about anyone but themselves. It’s always about them and never about who they hurt or run over.
Jesus called us to serve and be served. As a servant leader, your confidence is a gift from God-given to serve His highest purpose with your life.
If you are trying to fill your confidence tank with anything else but Jesus, I’m afraid you aren’t going to get very far.
One last aspect to mention is autopilot. It is said that daydreaming is still more dangerous than any other distraction while driving. Same is true in your Christian life. A life stuck in autopilot is asleep and not participating in life by just going through the motions.
I’m sure you have experienced that feeling when you go somewhere often and don’t recall how you arrived there. Yeah that is driving in autopilot or what I call an unconscious state of mind.
Let me encourage you to WAKE UP OH SLEEPER and fill up on God’s word so you can be awake to His plan and purpose in your life and the lives of those around you.
What’s driving your confidence? What specific fuel (the Word) are you filling up with to stand confident in your day-to-day activities?
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Thanks, Michelle D. Howe 🙂