It’s about that time of year. Time for school to begin.
Old friends. New friends. Good times. Peer pressure. Sports. New classes.
It’s all coming back now and, if we’re going to be honest, most of us are excited, but at the same time, a little scared.
What if I don’t get good grades? What if so-and-so doesn’t like me? What if I’m the one who sits by herself and eats alone?
All of these ‘what-ifs’ fill our heads and turn us into nervous-wrecks.
We all know of the girls who seem to have it all. The looks. The grades. The talent. The attention.
And we all know of those guys who are popular, good looking, and amazing athelites.
Who knows, maybe you’re one of them. Whether or not that’s the case, a lot of us have one thing in common. Lack of confidence.
You could be the most popular girl in school and have no real confidence on the inside.
You could be the out-cast who has been rejected so many times that your confidence is completely destroyed.
Or maybe you’ve been blessed to have learned what true confidence looks like. And that is what we’re going to look at today.
We’re going to examine the key to finding confidence as the new school year begins.
The central theme of this article is found in Proverbs 14:26.
“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.”
That’s right. Our confidence doesn’t come from how we look, what were good at, or who hangs out with us. Our confidence is found in the Lord.
How can we claim and display this confidence?
1. Remember that God’s Word is Truth.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Even if you attend a private, Christian school, you will still be faced with the pressure to go against what you know is right.
I encourage you to memorize scripture or keep some Bible verses handy as you go about the school year.
Take hold of God’s promises and stay close to what the Lord says is right. He gives us rules, not to keep us from fun, but to save us from the bondage and pain that sin brings.
2. Talk with the Lord through prayer.
Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”
Prayer is amazing! It’s the way that we can talk to God; the King of the universe! Praying is something that you can do all the time; not just when things get hard.
When you get that good grade, thank the Lord for helping you be diligent in your work. When you feel pressured to do something you know is wrong, ask God to give you the strength to say no.
When you see someone who needs some cheering up, ask God to help you be a good friend.
And when you start to notice that guy, pray that God will give you patience to wait for love in his timing, but also to help you treat that guy as a brother in Christ.
3. Seek out ways to share your faith.
Confidence isn’t about you, it’s about Christ. You can be confident in Him.
If you’re seeking the Lord and looking to Him for how you should respond to things, there’s no need to worry about what people will say or think.
Purposely seek out ways to share your faith with others.
When you see that girl or guy sitting by themself, go sit with them.
When you feel pressured to do something wrong, explain why you’re saying no.
When your team wins the game, practice good sportsmanship and be kind to everyone (even the other team).
The Lord is our refuge. Our confidence is found in what He can do.
As you go into this new school year, keep these 3 tips in mind.
Be bold and show that your confidence is in the Lord. He is strong and faithful!