As parents, it's a delicate balance we face when we encourage our kids to step outside of their comfort zones. On the one hand, we don't want to totally dismiss their anxiety, but on the other hand, we want to empower them to challenge themselves. I walk this line frequently with my two kiddos, but never so much as just before big performances or competitions.
We talk through the verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and we pray. I reassure them that the only audience member who really matters is Jesus, everyone else is just along for the ride. Colossians 3:17 is the next step in trusting God to strengthen us... doing all things in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to the Father.
How much more confident would we all be if we thanked God the Father through Jesus BEFORE we stepped on the stage of life! What if everything we did, we did in the name of the Lord Jesus...acknowledging and confirming His power, glorifying his name?!? Too often we rely on our own strength and skill sets without giving a second thought to the one who created us. It's only when we get to the end of ourselves that we realize Who is really running the show. My biggest challenge is in the daily tasks...I try to do it all in my strength without giving thanks and without doing it to the glory of Jesus. How much more effective I would be if I put Him first in EVERYTHING!
I pray you have a wonderful week, dear friends!