Lately, I've been realizing the things that used to scare or intimidate me, have become easy for me to walk in. I used to be so nervous before leading a meeting, publishing a blog, or speaking up in front of executives. But lately I've been recognizing my confidence in my abilities, talents, and the wisdom I carry. Where I used to be filled with fear or nerves, now I'm filled with excitement and confidence. Or at the very least, I'm not having a panic attack before a meeting.
As I've reflected on this, I realize this confidence has been developed over time. This confidence is a direct result of feeling nervous or scared, but showing up anyway. Being uncomfortable but writing and publishing anyway. Over the last few years, I have pushed past my feelings and I showed up. Not always perfect, not even always great, but I put in the work and I grew. Now, I'm seeing the fruit of my labor through increased knowledge, authority, and confidence.
What about you? Are there any areas that you feel unsure or uncomfortable? Maybe you even feel challenged or unqualified. I hope you'll feel comforted to know, we all have those feelings, especially in seasons of learning something new.
So, how do we grow confident in our gifts? Or, how do we stop feeling like we want to hide every time we speak up in a meeting? It starts with fanning the flame within us, just as 2 Timothy 1:6 encourages. It requires dedication, prayer, and a willingness to step out of our comfort zones. Surround yourself with supportive people who can mentor and guide you, and remember to invest your time and energy in developing your gifts. Practice, study, and seek wisdom in order to bring out the best in what you've been given.
You are uniquely gifted, and those talents are meant to shine brightly, not be hidden under a basket. The truth is, each of us has something special, something that sets us apart. Just like 1 Peter 4:10 reminds us, we are called to be faithful stewards of the grace-filled gifts bestowed upon us. Your gifts are not meant to be compared or ranked against anyone else's. We all have different callings and talents, as Romans 12:6-8 tells us. Whether your gift is teaching, serving, encouraging, giving, leading, or showing mercy, it's unique to you. Embrace it wholeheartedly and use it faithfully, knowing that God has entrusted you with a special purpose.
As we walk this journey of growing confident in our gifts, it's important to remember that it's not about perfection or competition. It's about embracing who we are and celebrating our gifts. It's about using them to serve others and bring glory to God.
I encourage you to continue stepping out of your comfort zone, just as you have been doing. Embrace those areas where you feel unsure or uncomfortable. Remember that growth happens when we push past our fears and show up anyway. It's through those moments of vulnerability that we build resilience and gain confidence. Trust that God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your purpose. Step out in faith, knowing that He will guide you every step of the way.