I hadn't thought about Joyce Meyer for maybe 6 or 7 years. And really, I never thought of her when she was a part of my life...but I suppose she was a part of my life...I have vivid memories of her rhinestone studded power suits and her adamant, yet kind, voice speaking words of Scripture and advice and challenge. For some reason, my mom just liked her, and so, she'd be there, preaching from the TV as I got ready for school in the mornings.
I hadn't thought about Ms. Meyer in years, but then the other day I read this post from my friend, Shannon. She quoted Meyer:
'Just because you feel fear doesn't mean you can't do it. Do it afraid'
Joyce Meyer is a pretty smart lady.
The quote echoed a passage I read maybe 10 minutes before in Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, where he says, "Fear tells us what we have to do."
(I'm sensing a theme here...)
I really have lots and lots to do in the next month, and more goals and dreams seem to be rooting themselves in my core every day. So I'm excited...but then, yeah, sometimes...I'm afraid. I'm afraid that I'm in over my head, that I'm going to fail, that I'm wasting my time, that my products aren't useful enough or beautiful enough or good enough. Sometimes, I'm afraid because I'm afraid. I start to think, "I must not be doing this right. Shouldn't I feel confident?"
But Confidence can be fleeting. It's constantly tested, constantly refined. Even deeply rooted confidence trembles at the sight of that big bad bully named Fear.
And Confidence doesn't just happen. It's cultivated.
Confidence isn't necessary. Courage is. Bravery is. Confidence is a by-product. It's grown and nourished as we continually protect and defend the things we believe in. We face our fears, we leap over roadblocks, we never settle for less, and we don't look back. We just keep going, bravely onward...making the decisions that need to be made...putting in the time, the energy, the work...being grateful for the glimpses of success and the surplus of virtue that results directly from our efforts.
Bravery takes practice. Lots of practice. But it's well worth it...the more we practice, the more resilient we become. We develop a Confidence that is steadfast and strong and enduring, and we did it even though we were afraid.