Some months ago I was making some decisions about my life. “What did I really want to do, what did God REALLY want me to do, where am I really going, more school, no school or maintain what I have for now”. Needless to say I had a lot of questions, because something had to give and soon! I was not satisfied with where I was and I knew there was so much more in store for me. I knew what I was capable of and I knew there was some employer who would be willing to give me a shot, but how did I go about getting myself to the next level in my career and living?
I decided I needed some letters of recommendation. If I had other people back my work and endorse my professional accomplishments this would certainly get me the results I wanted. True enough I have worked for Girl Scouts nearly 10 years and at 3 different councils with a good track record, proven results and I was IN! Volunteer management, community cultivation and partnership, volunteer recruitment for which I knew people could attest, but they didn’t.
This puzzled me greatly, namely because many were people I’ve known for years and well-respected by myself and family, as well as in their perspective communities. I knew Dr. X or Pastor Z would have no problem endorsing me, but they didn’t. I asked myself, “Why is this so”, I’ve always strived to maintain healthy and positive relationships, because this was important even if they had character flaws as we all do from time to time. I’ve always done good work and gone beyond the call of duty to serve my fellow man. ALL I needed was a little letter verifying my work to back up what I have done. GEES!
Needless to say, to this day I’ve yet to receive a letter and began to examine myself and if I’d done anything that someone would not write a letter. The more I began to ponder why and how this could be, the more I began to look at the situation as a lack of confidence in myself and ability. Once again FEAR has reared its’ ugly head. Why did I need others to justify what God has done through the gifts and talents He has given me? God doesn’t need a recommendation, nor does Jesus Christ and as His children neither do we.
Consider the scriptures 2Corinthians 3:4-5 that I was led to read:
4Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
The confidence I was lacking was not a matter of someone else validating my skills, ability and performance, but in the confidence in Christ that I was more than adequate for Him. He has given me ALL I ever needed to carry out His perfect will for my life. My competence comes not in myself or what others say I can do, but through God in Jesus Christ.
The new covenant makes us ALL adequate in ALL areas of life. We must have confidence in Christ whom we can do all things and trust and depend on Divine guidance from the Holy Spirit to carry out His will. Today I encourage you to live confidently in Christ because the letter of recommendation was written on Calvary many years ago.
Live confidently knowing your recommendations from Christ has validated you, justified you, and landed you eternal life. What more can we ask for?
Be Queenly, Be Confident,
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