One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was the way they believed in me. From their vantage point, there was nothing I couldn’t do if I only worked hard enough. Their confidence often gave me the courage to keep going when I wanted to give up. Whether it was making the Varsity soccer team or doing well on a math test, I knew my parents believed in me and that spurred me on to success.
Sometimes all we need in life is someone to believe in us. Someone to say, “You’ve got this. Keep going!” A friend or family member to call us out to be the best version of ourselves and keep believing in us when we’ve stopped believing in ourselves.
You are exactly who God intended you to be. He who makes no mistakes gave you precisely the right mix of natural abilities, personality, and spiritual gifts. You are His workmanship, and He has created you perfectly and particularly to accomplish specific tasks in this world (Eph. 2:10).
Over and over again in the Bible, God calls out the screw-ups and least of these and says He is trusting them to carry out His mission in the world.
“Gideon, I know you’re from the weakest tribe of Israel, but I’m going to use you to free my people from oppression.” (Judges 6)
“Ruth, I know you’re an outsider, but I’m going to use you to save your family and be a part of the lineage of the Messiah.”
“Peter, I know you’re a hot-headed fisherman, but I’m going to use you to build my church.” (Matthew 16:18)
I struggle with believing in myself. Every day I seem to find a new insecurity or a new reason to doubt myself. It helps me tremendously to read these stories in the Bible and be reminded of how God uses imperfect people to perfectly accomplish His mission in the world. On good days I can move past my insecurities and believe that God is bigger than my mistakes. On good days I trust that He will use me and all my flaws to help push back the darkness in this world. After all, the greatness of the gospel shines the brightest through the cracks in my life (2 Corinthians 4:7).
But on some days, I need more than that. On some days, my insecurities are crippling. I need a friend to tell me they believe in me, and remind me that God believes in me too. I need someone who will call out the good in me, and remind me of who God made me to be.
One of the greatest gifts you can offer someone is to speak the truth of who God has made them to be. Offer the gift of believing in them, and remind them that God believes in them too. Is there someone in your life you can encourage today by telling them you believe in who God made them to be? Be specific, and call out their strengths. Tell them because you see this specific character trait in them, you know they have what it takes. Remind them that they are not alone, and that God will provide the strength that they need.
And if you’re on the other end of the equation and need someone to believe in you, then know that I believe in you. I believe in the potential God has given you, and that you can and will do even greater things than you could ever imagine if you will just keep trusting God. And, more importantly, know that God believes in you too.