Friday, November 30, 2007

Targeted Confidence

Six years ago I was on the phone talking with my dear friend Sheryl as she was multi-tasking. While chatting & doing the dishes, she was also looking out the window keeping an eye on her 3 year old son John playing in their backyard. Suddenly he came into the house & it was clear he was on a mission as he began looking for something. She asked him what he was looking for & with a matter of fact tone of voice answered her with one word, "screwdriver". Minutes later, mission accomplished, he headed back outside with his dad's screwdriver in his hand.

While laughing, Sheryl described to me her toddler's level of confidence. John had come into their house with so much confidence & walked out with even more because he felt fully equipped to solve his problem. Her son is almost 9 years now & this story often comes to my mind. This week I began to ask God what He was trying to teach me through this story. The other night He laid it out clearly on my heart.

At 3 years old when it came to fixing something, John didn't know much, but I love seeing what he did know. At some point John had seen his dad, Melvin, use a screwdriver on something.
I'm sure Melvin didn't explain to his knee-high helper the difference between the tips of the screwdrivers. But at some point Melvin's shadow had seen his daddy use a screwdriver.

The day John came into the house looking for his dad's tool, all of his confidence was not in himself, but was in his father. He knew if he could just imitate Melvin his problem would be solved. Through this story, God showed me that it is a necessity to place our confidence in our Father.

Last year, along with some women in my church I read the book, "The Confident Woman" by Joyce Meyer which in it says, " When we have confidence in God, we can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence in Him, even simple accomplishments are beyond our grasp."

I can't recall if John solved his problem or not with his dad's tool, but I do know that 6 years later I have been reminded of WHO I need to place my confidence in and thankfully, it's not me, but instead it's my Heavenly Father.

My friends' little guy watched his father & then believed that because of the confidence he placed in his daddy, he too had the strength to fix what was broken.

Philippians 4:13
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

~Many Blessings~


Lysa TerKeurst said...

Thanks for your beautiful post. Today was my first visit to your blog but not my last for sure! Thanks for your funny comments on my blog today. I just busted out laughing about the birds singing on my window sill while I skipped about happily decorating. Oh honey, if you only knew how funny and untrue that is. Smiles!

Sisterlisa said...

That was a wonderful illustration. have you ever considered writing for a grop blog? I write at Faith Lifts. Come on by some time.