“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
I began playing football when I was seven years old. I remember the very first time my dad dropped me off at the Mabee Center for practice. As soon as he left, I ran off the field and started crying. The next year, my dad stayed for the entire practice and stood on the sidelines to make sure I didn’t quit. He challenged me to not let fear keep me from playing the game. It’s safe to say, growing up, I wasn’t the most confident person. During this time, my mom continually told me to “fake it until you make it.” I took this to heart and began displaying a false confidence.
My false confidence worsened with age. I never felt adequate enough to be in the positions I was in. I struggled to believe I was good enough to do what God called me to do. I constantly worried about what people thought of me and failure.
Recently, over the past three years, God has opened my eyes. I’ve been able to understand the fact that He makes me adequate enough to do all things. Rather than doubt the positions I am in, I now understand that God strategically puts us in positions on purpose. We should walk this life with authentic confidence, knowing we are placed for a purpose.
We always have a choice. In situations where we feel fearful and inadequate, we can “fake it till we make it” with false confidence. Or, we can let God be the source of our confidence and walk in authenticity.
Ed Reed once told me “he was able to play at a high level because he got reps everyday growing up”. Being an NFL athlete, you get reps everyday by watching film, completing walkthroughs, and practicing. God continually provides us with opportunities to get reps following the spirit he has given us.
Whenever you feel inadequate, remember God has given you the spirit which doesn’t fear. No matter how big or small your circumstance, live with his spirit. When faced with monumental moments, remember, God has already prepared you.
What choice will you make today?