Thursday, June 23, 2011

Have Confidence

Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be 
richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when 
you have done the will of God, you will receive what 
he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV)


Would someone describe you as being a confident person?
Today’s Bible verse says that if we’re confident, we’ll be richly rewarded. Hmmm …

How often do we lack confidence and doubt our abilities?

 “I can’t do this.”

“No one will want to read this!”

“I’ll never be good enough.”

We may lose our confidence when we receive a “thanks, but no thanks” in reply to a submission.

According to the dictionary, if we have confidence, we believe in our own ability to succeed. Sounds almost boastful, doesn’t it? But, confidence shouldn’t be confused with arrogance or pride.

Maybe the confidence mentioned in Hebrews 10 is the confidence we can have knowing that our Lord is working through us. We’re only the vessel. We need to keep trying, even when we feel a bit discouraged. When we’re nervous about submitting a manuscript or pitching at a conference, we’re to remain confident that God is at work. We can be bold when we’re pursuing our calling—even when the road becomes bumpy and we’re tempted to take an easier, smoother path.

Friends, in order to receive the rewards God has for us, we must persevere.

Don’t lose heart! Don’t lose your confidence!

And go submit that manuscript….

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Dawn. Love what you said about Him working through us. So true! Goes along with trust and dependence upon Him. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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  2. God sent...perfect timing...to push me to keep running this race. Thank you. Praise God.

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  3. So glad this post has been encouraging, gals! Creative people tend to be insecure about their abilities. It's not easy, but as much as we can, we need to push insecurities aside if we're going to follow our calling. :-D

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  4. Thanks for the encouragement, Dawn! I needed it today! And, Sandra, thanks for sharing this post on FB!

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