Growing up, I’ve always been very fearful and anxious whenever I’m up for something new to me. Whenever there’s a new season with its transition coming up, I’ve always experienced fear and anxiousness about the uncertainties. I wasn’t really that kind of a confident girl who’s ready to conquer the world. I’m more of a stay-than-travel one. I am quiet, and I stay quiet to avoid things that are uncalled for. When I’m silent, I remain in my comfort zone and there’s no pressure waiting.
I’ve had a lot of experiences where fear hindered me to do something new and amazing and it would literally take hours or days to tell them all. After I graduated college, that’s when I started to intentionally realize the fear, the things that it hindered me to do, the reasons why I am afraid in the first place, and the search for confidence in my life.
I felt fear and anxious all those times because I had been putting up a standard on my self—the goals that are based on the people who influenced me while growing up. I’ve watched my siblings achieve so many things, I’ve seen my peers getting the things that make them happy, and above all, I’ve seen how pleased my parents were when I achieve something great. I don’t know if that’s totally envy, but all I know is that, I had been living up to the standards I created based on other people.
It’s not their fault. It’s my personal problem because I set my goals to be just like them, or greater than them. And the more I did that, the more I lose my confidence and sulk in the corner. The more I grabbed standards from others, the more I lost grip of the originality that I have been given. I just knew then that copying is easier than be original.
The truth is God made me for something none like any other. Each of us has his or her own journey. To each his own by God’s will.
The Lord made you specifically for this time, at this very second that you’re reading this. The God of the universe, the Lord of wisdom and perfect love, the One who created the sunset that takes your breath away, will not waste His time to create something that has no purpose. Our God is a God of purpose and intention and love. And when He made you and me, He has a serious business of loving us individually and giving each of us a heart that’s original and purposeful for His glory.
I’ve always known that the Lord made me intimately and carefully. I’ll bet you know that in yourself, too. But the difference comes when you begin to believe in what you know. And when you believe in the truth that you know, there’ll be freedom from fear.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2 NLT
Seeking confidence in keeping up with the standards that you made yourself, which are just based on the influence of others, will diminish your confidence more. But when you begin to live the identity, the unique heart and soul, the passion and talents, and the characteristics and favor that you were given, that’s where you will truly find confidence in the Lord.
It’s the Lord who made you, original, with a purpose, with love. And when you start to believe and trust Him, no one can stop you to live what you’re made for. Nothing, even fear, can stop you to go out there and live for His name. His love will make you speak His truth.
…copying is easier than creating something original, but you don’t have to do it because you’re already made original.Divergent, The Ambassador’s Letter Vol. 1 Issue No. 2
Writing, speaking, believing, and living that truth continually help me to share His love.
With freedom and confidence in the Lord, you’ll find it easy to see others, even those who don’t act and think like you, with patience, kindness, and love. You’re not perfect but knowing that pushes you to give room for growth and grace for others with their mistakes instead of canceling them out. It will make you realize that it’s okay for people to misunderstand you when the Lord tells you to do something. The fear from being misunderstood allows you to express the desires that God placed in your heart. Moreover, your confidence in the Lord will encourage you to share your stories and be vulnerable and honest with them.
Yes, there’s freedom when you anchor your confidence in God because He knows you, the world doesn’t. Base your goals and dreams in life on His will and plans for you. And in that you can live differently from others. In Christ, you can live the way you’re meant to be.
Read more about living original and be different in this world by getting our latest issue of the Ambassador’s Letter: Divergent.
the second issue of The Ambassador’s Letter is now up for grabs!
Divergent is the second issue of The Ambassador’s Letter that talks about a counter-culture Christian lifestyle. It discusses defying the cancel culture, freedom from allowing others to misunderstand you, and encouragement for you to live original and with confidence despite how people tell you to live. While our society is telling us to do a lot of things to keep up with its culture, God tells us to follow His grace.
The journey I had in writing this is just something I couldn’t explain. The first issue has been awesome and I’m still stoked about how it all came to pieces. This time, the Lord did it again! I never have imagined that it would turn out this great, and I could only give all the glory to God. I know I couldn’t have done it without Him. And I really hope you could join me in this amazing journey as well.
Referencing Sadie Robertson’s Live Original book together with Anthem Light’s song “Just Be You” featuring her for this idea. I haven’t read the book yet but I’ve been following her since she started speaking about confidence in the Lord.