Confidence

Advice to be (relate to others) with confidence always offended me. In it, I heard the deceptive foolishness of “fake it till you make it.” I heard that faith needed no object, but that mere opinion, when asserted strong enough, could produce an effect. I heard people promoting a wonder-drug and knew they were offering a placebo at best and urging me to “drink the cool-aid” at worst. And their well-meaning demeanor defended them against my skepticism, as I knew their intentions to be good. I even believed it would work, as placebos sometimes do. Internally, a scorn of pragmatism sprouted. I didn’t want it to work! I wanted it to be reliable! I desired to trust something enough to confront the cowardice that resists the investment of my life, even unto death. So, confidence became a filthy word.

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Confidence always presumes a foundation! Might my objection have been against the foundation rather than the confidence itself? Private confidence often precedes public confidence. An individual’s secret certainty does not guarantee them to proclaim their message publicly. Within the metric of importance, one finds the threshold into active witness. For example, I have always believed I need to drink water, but until the value of this conviction emerges in me, I do not bear active witness through word or deed. I do not assure others of their need nor do I tip a cup into my own mouth. Confidence requires a foundation with the authority to communicate importance.

Does the disciple of Christ lack such an Authority? Has not all authority on heaven and earth been given to the Christ? Some fail to recognize the value of the scriptures, so they neglect their public proclamation. But for disciples, in our conversations, our holidays, our performances, our academic papers, our meals, our showers, our workouts, and our work, we bear witness to the truth. Comment to share the parts of your life in which you struggle to value scripture enough to celebrate it. Secularism doesn’t mind if you meditate on scripture in your showers, but how many of us do that?