... that's what I wrote near my computer when my favorite teacher said it. Although, she didn't say 'blogging confidence,' but rather, she spoke of any calling, gifting we may have. (But as I speak of blogging confidence, I want you to substitute your own calling, ok? Whether it be singing, rescuing animals, crafting, teaching, decorating, selling houses, mothering, bookkeeping,babysitting, gardening, building bridges or 500 other abilities.)
Frankly? Perhaps every three weeks (or so), satan taunts me to quit writing in this blog. He mutters, "Probably only 5 people would care if you packed-up your blog and disappeared forever in the mist. They'd yawn and say, 'Oh well! It was pleasant while it lasted,' and then forget you and your posts ever exsisted and move-on with their happy lives."
Hmm. It can be rough hearing that.
So of course, I remind myself that, according to the Bible, I must be doing something right for satan (and my own insecurities) to nag me like that. God has specific plans for each of us so to carry-out His purposes on this Earth, and of course, satan desires that those plans get royally screwed-up and left undone. You know, so that everything remains in a sorry kind of chaos down here and no one feels loved and cherished by God.
So! For you and me, what remains is that we never lose our confidence in God's great love and power within us.
Which brings me back to never losing our gifting/calling confidence. Why not? It becomes a little like that thing of, "Never let them (animals and enemies, namely) smell your fear," because if you do--look out! They will attack and devour you and you'll fall down. And find it hard to rise up again. You'll lack the confidence to walk boldly through scary places as you once did and you won't be around anymore for God to help other people through you.
You'll start doubting that you're obeying God at all and second-guessing every move you make. And frankly, though God can do anything, He finds it difficult, actually, to speak and move and touch others powerfully through a double-minded, cowering, wimpy fraidy cat.
No, really. He does. :)
So never let fear sneak inside your gifting! Keep your confidence that God is using you in powerful ways to touch and heal this world which is currently hurting like crazy. Let Him use you, your gifts and callings, to change your corner of it and watch the amazing difference a great big God inside a tiny you can make.
(God told Jeremiah--and us, today):
"Arise and tell them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed and break down at the sight of their faces, lest I confound you before them and permit you to be overcome."
'A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." ... James 1:8
"She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]."