What is the Secret to Finding Confidence?


We all want to have confidence, but where do we find it?

A few years ago I was in California attending a writer’s conference. A friend jokingly asked, “Do you want to drive?”

“Yes,” I said with a grin.

“Are you sure?” she said.

“No, The question is are YOU sure you want me to drive your car?” I said.

“Why not.”

I felt my way around to the driver’s door. “Okay, here we go.” I slipped behind the wheel, started the engine, and changed gears as she gave me verbal instructions.

Not having any sight at all, driving a car had been but a dream for me.

I gripped the steering wheel, feeling a bit in control. I listened to my friend. “Keep it straight now, a little to the left, now to the right just a bit, not much.”

Oh what fun! Actually, a bit crazy! But the reason I was able to drive her car was because she was with me sitting on the passenger’s seat. I trusted in her ability to give me instructions, her direction and her wisdom to tell me what to do, where to turn and when to slow down.

Life is the same. We have the confidence to do anything at all if we know God is by our side. We’re certain He’s guiding us, instructing us to make the next move and has the wisdom to give us the steps necessary to reach the place He wants us to be.

While on the road of life, we’re often blind to what will be around the corner, what will pop up unexpectedly, and where the ditches of heartache are. But we continue forth because our confidence is nestled in this truth: “…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you…, never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Father, so often I’ve driven the vehicle of my own life, encountering cliffs of adversity, potholes of setbacks and disappointments that took me on unwanted detours. But now, listening to the instructions in your Word, the road is secure and the ride is smooth. In Jesus’s name, amen.

What direction are you going?

Who’s giving you instructions to follow?

What is your level of confidence while on the road of life?

Janet Eckles Blindness tried to darken Janet’s life. And tragedy tried to defeat her through the murder of her youngest son followed by the acquittal of the man responsible. But instead of defeat, Janet found peace. And God’s grace brought sweet triumph. So Janet gathered insights, claimed God’s promises, and found practical steps to bring back joy. She put them all together for you in her latest book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta.

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