Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 14th, 2011
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
Successful auditions require confidence. Successful performances demand it. Confidence creates careers. Therefore, actors, models, and talent practice it. Encouraging coaches teach it: walking with authority, standing tall, shaking hands firmly, and looking directly into the eyes of those we meet.

Confidence is a sail. Unfurling it allows the ship of hope to be moved by the breath of faith. It is a necessary device to take us where we want to go--where we need to go. Confidence is the visible evidence of faith and hope.

God moves in confidence. God is confidence. In Him we are sure. In Him we cannot fail. In Him we cannot help but smile.

How do performers get past stage fright? What about doubts or rejection, even naysayers? How do we act confident in this fearsome world?

That's just it. We act it out. We put it on.

We practice smiling, standing, speaking, singing, meeting, greeting, and performing when we don't feel like it. When we 'put on' a godly action, it soaks right through to our hearts. Through the grace of God, we begin to feel exactly how we act.

The 'practice' of confidence begets true confidence--in God first, and in ourselves second as a reflection of Him. Then what? Confident performers get noticed!

What about disappointments? What if we don't get the agent or the role? What happens to our confidence? We must hold it tight. We must speak positive, faith-filled words.

We must never cast away the confidence we have gained in God and our God-given calling. We must wait, hope, and continue to perform knowing with full assurance that God's promises to us, His perfect destiny, will be fulfilled.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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