D A I L Y R E A D I N G
D A I L Y D E V O
If you desire to have the kind of confidence that is rooted in things of the Lord, you have to listen to the Lord more than you listen to:
The people that you spend the most time around aren’t exactly out to get to you, but sometimes, without trying, the people that you are around can say and do hurtful things without necessarily trying. Perhaps you were really excited about picking a certain major in college, only to have people you’re close to tell you: “Oh, you’re not going to make any money doing that” or “You’re just going to waste your time.” Maybe you met a guy who loves the Lord and has shown an interest in you but your friends think he’s lame or not attractive. Perhaps you want to start a business or take a long term mission trip, but you have people telling you it’s not a good idea. These are all examples of how well-meaning people can very easily start picking away at your confidence without even trying. Without even meaning to, they can start distracting you from the things you feel called to. You don’t have to shut everyone out of your life and of course, it’s important to listen to wisdom, but just remember this: listen to the Lord more than you listen to anyone else.
Sometimes, it’s not other people who are picking away at your confidence. Sometimes, it’s yourself. However, when your heart belongs to Jesus, know that whatever things you’re battling in your mind, they are not too big for Him. Don’t let anything sit on your mind or in your heart and keep you from doing what you know you’re supposed to do. You belong to Jesus now, and that is where your security and confidence lies!
Morgan Harper Nichols