Confidence.

Matthew 8:25-26

25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The way I picture this going down is this… Jesus is tired from a long day of changing the world and decides to take a nap on the boat. The storm begins to strike down lightning and shake the boat. Jesus probably sleeps like a rock, but hears screaming from His disciples. Jesus is in fact human, so He wakes up a little grumpy and says, “You all are wimps.” Lifts up his arm, everything freezes and begins to lighten. Eventually it is sunny and the birds are chirping in song. Jesus winks, as he lays down to finish His nap.

When I rewrite the story a theme begins to stick out to me. Confidence. I feel like Jesus was oozing with confidence. He seemed to be in disbelief that these guys were even worried for a second. I mean they the greatest leader in the history of the world in the boat with them.

I have had a lot of great leaders in my life. None better than my dad. My dad is the kind of guy who walks into a building and is instantly the life of the party and the absolute coolest guy there. He knows how to lead too. He is a leader within our family and within his workplace. A big part of his leadership is his confidence. He knows who he is as a man. I think people are drawn to that kind of confidence. They don’t just want it. They hunger for it.

Confidence isn’t something that happens overnight. It is something that is built. I tell my baseball players the only way to build confidence is to do something over and over again. In baseball that looks like repeatedly taking a good swing ever day or making a good throw consistently. In life that just depends what you want to be confident in. For me I have realized the importance of putting my confidence in Jesus.

Putting my confidence in Jesus starts with building a relationship with Jesus. Once I get to know Jesus through prayer and His word, I am able to find more confidence in Him. Remember that consistency is a big part of confidence. A break in consistency can throw off confidence. Jesus is someone we can be sure to have confidence in because He first had confidence in us. He still does. Jesus is confident you will overcome your fears, hardships, and self doubt. Jesus is also confident He is the best way through it all.

Choose confidence one step at a time.

Who/what is my confidence in?

How can I start to build my confidence in Jesus?

Dear Lord, we are all guilty of losing confidence in you. Even when you continually show us your love and consistency. Forgive us and lead us towards a life of confidence that starts and ends with you. We love you and praise you! Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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