Our particular view of something can dramatically impact the way we see and approach a situation. For instance, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, bronze medal winners are generally happier with their prizes than are silver medalists. Why? Bronze medalists are thrilled to win a medal at all, while silver medalists cannot stop thinking about how close they came to gold.
Our view of a particular thing, event, person or experience has a lot to say about how we respond. When the view of a person changes, so does perspective on the matter.
An English professor once wrote the words “Woman without her man is a savage” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.
The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is a savage.
The women wrote: “Woman! Without her, man is a savage.”
Over 2000 years ago, God came to earth. The very night that happened, the world views of many people were radically changed. The birth of Christ dramatically impacts the views on life of those experiencing it. Consider a few of the views that changed at the appearance of Christ.
My View of Confidence: 2.8-9
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.”
One of the best things that can happen to any person is to lose our confidence in self and our circumstances and set it on Christ. If we are convinced that we can live life in our own power - and apart from God’s grace - then we will have no need of Christ.
Being struck by fear, in this scene, completely upset the shepherds at a place where they had supreme confidence - in the fields. Seeing Christ for who he is should reduce self-confidence and increase Christ confidence.
It is not surprising that the shepherds responded in the way that they did. They were deathly afraid. They were no different than others in the Bible.
The prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 6, cried out that he was cursed and would surely die when confronted with the glory of God. Ezekiel, in Ezekiel 1, fell on his face after seeing some powerful prophetic images from God. Peter, James and John, in Matthew 17 on the Mount of Trans, fell down on their faces in terror when Jesus showed his glory before them. In Revelation 1, when John sees the glory of Christ, he passed out from fear.
Each of these people arose from their stunned condition with a new confidence, not in themselves, but Christ. When my focus is on self, it simply cannot be on Christ. When my confidence is in Christ, that is an entirely unique perspective.
The suicide rate for teens has skyrocketed in the last 10-15 years. I would suggest that, at least in part, teaching students that all confidence is in self, is a recipe for huge disappointment. SUCCESS & CONFIDENCE MUST BE IN CHRIST!
If you do not parent with the confidence in Christ, rather than your ability, it will wear you down. You will make many mistakes, as have I, but the success of my children is rooted in Christ not in my abilities. SUCCESS AND CONFIDENCE MUST BE IN CHRIST.
I am not that confident in my ability as a pastor, a preacher, or a spiritual leader. If I thought that my success was rooted in my abilities, I think it would crush me. I am not that smart, not that convincing, and not that much of a visionary. However, my Jesus is another issue entirely! SUCCESS AND CONFIDENCE MUST BE IN CHRIST.