Writing Prompts: Confidence

Part#1: A Simple Way to Rate Your Self-Confidence

woman with penFor the Christ-follower, confidence is believing in yourself and your abilities – knowing that those gifts originated with God, not ourselves. Unfortunately, many of us lack confidence to make decisions, succeed in life, or simply try new things. Self-doubt and fear can rule over believing in God’s gifting and His plan.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) explains, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Writing Prompt

On a scale of 1 to 10, where is your confidence level? How do self-doubt and fear impact that ranking?


 

Part #2: The Beauty of Confidence

Just 2% of women believe they are beautiful.  Far too often we look to the world and its standards for approval and validation, but God wants us to see what He sees.
This is how God sees beauty: “Do not let your adorning be external …but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4, ESV).

Writing Prompt

Do you believe you are beautiful? Why or why not?

Part #3: How God Says to “Man Up”

It may surprise you to know that young men, like young girls, suffer from low self-confidence.  Guys are bombarded with images from the internet, television, and social media that depict a physical male ideal.
But God looks not at externals, but rather values a man’s heart.
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him,” He spoke to Samuel about Jesse’s sons. “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7, ESV).

Writing Prompt

“The Lord looks on the heart.” How does this truth give you confidence?

Part #4: Self-Confidence vs. God-Confidence

At times we pay more attention to how we feel about our abilities then we do to God’s abilities.
You needn’t be confident in yourself. You only need to be confident in what God can do. You can be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it” (Philippians 1:6, NKJV).

Writing Prompt

What ways can you focus your confidence on what God can do in and through you … rather than on your perception of what you do?