“Confidence is the bridge between where you are and where you want to go. Don’t be casual about your
confidence or you will become a casualty on the road to your destiny.” – Dr. Keith Johnson
When you start looking and listening for the word confidence, you will be amazed how often the word is used in our daily vocabulary. Sports announcers use the word confidence to describe an athlete’s impressive performance. Businesses create television commercials that build the customer’s confidence in their services or products. Motivational speakers and training coaches talk about the need for confidence. Pastors use the word to encourage their parishioners.
The word confidence appears over 100 times in different translations throughout the Holy Bible. Dr. Mike Murdock wrote, “Achievers are confident. They believe against all odds that they will win and succeed. The entire 11th chapter of Hebrews heralds the great achievers in Biblical history. Interestingly, two Greek words for faith denote traits of the confident achiever.”
In Genesis, the very first book of the Old Testament, you will discover Adam had a supreme level of self-confidence. When God brought all the animals before Adam to name, Adam did not doubt his ability to give each animal a specific name. What a huge challenge! There are millions of different species of animals on the earth. Go ahead, try it yourself. Start naming some animals and see how many you can name. What caused Adam to accomplish such an incredible task? It was Adam’s supreme level of confidence in his own abilities that caused him to perform at his full potential. He had no outside voices (or inside voices) telling him that he could not do it. Did you know an ant can carry 50 times its body weight? Why? Because the ant has never had an outside voice telling it that it could not do it. Did you know that it is a scientific fact that the bumblebee is NOT supposed to be able to fly? Its body is too big and its wings are too small to support its own weight. However, nobody ever told the bumblebee that it could’t fly. So guess what—it flies! If my guess is right, you have not been as fortunate as Adam, the ant, or the bumblebee. You have been told your dream is too big and your abilities and finances are too small. Don’t you think that it is time for you to stop allowing those outside and inside voices to kill your dreams and potential?