Episode 76: How to Be Strong and Courageous When Embracing God’s Calling: Courage Comes Before Confidence

January 31,2024

Ready to step out in faith and embrace the calling God has placed on your life?

Are you lacking confidence or maybe you are fearful you might fail. 

Are you constantly comparing yourself to others?

What if instead, you had all the confidence you needed? 

It’s not only possible- I’m going to tell you exactly how to gain confidence today!

If you’re like most Christians, you want so badly to live the life God intended. In today’s episode, I’m going to share how to get confidence but more importantly how to be strong and courageous!

Whether you have been chasing your Calling all your life, or just stepping out, this episode is your path to finally embracing your own Unique Calling.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • How to be strong and courageous
  • When the confidence comes in

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How to Be Strong and Courageous When Embracing God’s Calling: Courage Comes Before Confidence

Do you struggle with confidence when it comes to doing that thing God has laid on your heart? 

Maybe you struggle with feelings of inadequacy, fear of failure, or uncertainty about your abilities to serve God effectively. 

You are probably even questioning your worthiness or comparing yourself to others, which then leads to self-doubt and hesitation in taking on new challenges.

Am I right? 

If I just described you then friend you are in the right place. This may come as a surprise but courage comes before confidence. 

In the Bible, there are several figures who demonstrated courage before confidence to do what God asked of them. These individuals trusted in God’s plan and were willing to face challenges. The two that come to mind immediately are Abraham and Moses:

  • Abraham: In Genesis 12, God asked Abraham to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him. Despite the uncertainty of what lay ahead, Abraham obeyed God and demonstrated courage in following God’s command.
  • Moses: In Exodus 3-4, God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Initially, Moses was reluctant, citing his lack of speech fluency and confidence. However, God reassured him and gave him the courage to face Pharaoh and lead the Israelites through the wilderness.

These individuals, along with many others in the Bible, demonstrated courage before confidence, trusting in God and following his will despite the potential consequences. Their stories continue to inspire and encourage believers throughout the world.

This got me thinking of my own journey and how I lacked confidence. I know that may come as a surprise to those who know me on a more personal level but it’s true.

 I lacked confidence nearly all my life. And still do from time to time. Especially when God is asking me to do something new. 

Way too often confidence gets confused for courage. At least that was my story. Everyone would always say things to me like “You are so confident.” 

Of course I would just smile and brush it off but deep down I was thinking to myself if only they knew. 

If only they knew I had to talk myself into taking action.

If only they knew I talked to God through that entire process. 

If only they knew I wanted to back out. 

If only they knew I wasn’t really confident. 

I didn’t know it then but I was simply being courageous. 

All my life I’ve been in sales. I sold insurance for five years and at the time I absolutely loved it and then I got bored and moved on to the next thing. 

I got bored a lot but I have no regrets because once I embraced my Calling, fulfillment and purpose replaced the boredom. 

When I was in the insurance industry there were times when my leads just wouldn’t answer the phone or return my call. I was a single mom at the time and I had bills to pay. 

When you are a parent, especially a single parent and your back is up against the wall you have no other choice but to fight. 

And confidence, confidence is the furthest thing from your mind. 

When my leads wouldn’t answer the phone, I would go knock on their door. A lot of people would look at me and think I was confident but I wasn’t. I was strong and courageous. 

The confidence would come after someone invited me in and sometimes it didn’t come until after I signed a new policy. 

It’s been this way all my life in every single area of my life. 

When I started this podcast I was not confident it would work. In fact I started with 0 audience and didn’t even tell anyone about the podcast until after I launched it. 

Now, I feel pretty confident but I never would have gotten to this point if I would have never had the courage to even start to push record and then publish. 

When I became a Coach Trainer I was not confident. Especially when I had to pick two classes and teach them to the owner of Life Breakthrough Academy as a mock up class. 

I wasn’t only intimidated, I was terrified. Terrified I would fail. Terrified I would let God down. 

But I did it. I showed up and I taught two mock up classes. She gave me a few pointers to improve and I accepted. 

Afterwards she told me that I was ambitious because I chose two of the hardest classes to teach. 

Can you imagine if I would have known that before teaching them? Once again the confidence came after I took the action. 

In the days leading up to mock up classes I prayed and asked God to help me. 

That is how you become strong and courageous when embracing God’s Calling. Or anything at all. 

Simply talk to God and ask Him to help you. He already knows how you feel so be honest. 

If you are scared, tell Him that. If you are anxious, tell Him that. He literally already knows how you are feeling so you might as well be honest before asking for His help. 

Be honest with Him about your thoughts too. If you don’t believe you can do something, tell Him. Ask Him to help you BELIEVE. 

Even if you don’t believe He can do something…. Be honest and tell Him that. And then ask Him to help you BELIEVE in He can. 

Don’t be ashamed of how you are feeling or even what you are thinking. You’re human and I’m pretty sure God understands that as He is the one who created you. 

Remember, courage comes before confidence. Be strong and courageous by taking that first step. 

As always I will leave you with something to think about: If courage is the spark that ignites the flame of confidence, then why not allow God to be the guiding light that ignites your calling? 


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