There was a time in my life when I believed that I could do anything. A few months after graduating from the University of Delaware, I felt like I was missing something. This emptiness led me to pursue a leadership trade school in Minnesota called Tentmakers. Following my completion of this youth ministry training in March of 1993, I was equipped with the tools I was previously missing. This training propelled me to new levels of confidence. Unfortunately, beginning in 1994 this confidence faded away, never to fully recapture again.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand, Isaiah 41:10.
During my fifteen years of coaching, I’ve seen similar situations occur on the athletic field. Golf is probably the one sport where confidence is essential. One day golfers may flirt with shooting par and the next can’t break 50 for 9 holes. Meanwhile, I’ve seen dominant pitchers be unhittable one day and the next can’t find the strike zone. Confidence is like fuel that drives individuals. When it runs out its easy for people to become lost, a shell of who they once were.
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught, Proverbs 3:26.
There is a term which refers to someone floundering, flopping back and forth without any sense of direction. This state is often a by product of confidence that fades away. If you have ever reached this point in life like me, Solomon encourages people to lean on God. While you may not regain the heights you once obtained, the Lord promises to restore hope to those who have endured the pain of lost confidence.
by Jay Mankus