Self-Doubt Sabotage

by | Mar 8, 2017 | Igniting Influence

We all question ourselves. We ponder if we are worthy. We consider if we are capable. We wonder if others will like us. We think about whether anyone will follow our lead. It is human nature to question.

When the Executive Board voted for me to assume the role of Director of Leadership Development, I was so humbled and honored, but . . .

That little three letter word felt mighty big. But, I’m not qualified. But, what does this mean? But, what if someone asks me a question I don’t know how to answer? But, how will the pastor’s view me? I could go on. You get the picture.

I worked with Merle Basden, Larry Fillingim, and Jay Harris who each served in the same role. I wasn’t like any of them. My first inclination was to try to do what they did. However, I had been down that road as a child when I wanted to be just like one of my friends. I learned then I had to be myself.

So what do you do when you don’t know what to do? You expand your prayer life and your daily walk with God. Yes, God and I lead together. It is really more Him than me. In fact, it’s really all about Him.

I begin each morning asking God to work through me. I ask Him to show me what He cares about. What things does He want me to do? I ask God, and boy does He have me doing some exciting things!

I have dozens of stories about how God has shown me what to do. I am actually writing a book about this, but that is another story for another day.

I have two Bible verses on the wall in my office. I think about them often throughout the day.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isa. 55:8)
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Ps. 37:5-6)

I shine to empower God’s chosen. That is my mission. I want to empower those God brings me. I want them to fully trust and depend on Him. I want them to be their best selves. God has great plans for them.

Questions to ponder:

  1. How does self-doubt limit you?
  2. Who are you trying to be?
  3. Where is God in your considerations?

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