Mid-Week Reflection: Confidence

Author: Adrian Williams
May 13, 2020

In a world where fear is such a powerful force, might confidence be “a different way?”

Hear me out, because I'm not defining confidence as being certain of being right, as it is used to divide and create fear or an “other.” Rather, I mean a confidence even if/when we are wrong and a confidence in the things this culture tries to push under the rug.

  • Confidence in the inevitability of death and how we cannot prevent or predict it. Thus we must also have a confidence that the world will go on without us. So all we can do is try to help bend the world's arc more towards the good things that will outlive us. Do this even when it is hard.
  • Confidence that we will be wrong sometimes. Thus we must also have confidence that we will be forgiven and thus can forgive ourselves. We are unable to know everything about anything; all we can do is learn as much as we can and be open-minded. Listening not just to those we trust, but also to those affected by things we are not, and to those whose experiences have led them to different conclusions than our own is important. Do this even when it is uncomfortable.
  • Confidence in our own power to change things. Thus we must realize that it is inadequate just look out for ourselves and those closest to us. For when our vision only goes that far, our choices will most certainly do more harm than good. Do this even when our vision seems hazy.
  • Confidence in our choices. Not a confidence in their correctness, but a confidence to actually choose. As one of my favorite characters on Broadway says: “the choice may have be mistaken but the choosing was not.” Thus we must put ourselves fully into where we are and use our power to continue to move and change ourselves. Do this even in times of doubt.
  • Confidence in our weakness. To be open regarding things that hurt us, not so others will fix us, but so we may model the vulnerability that is essential to real community. Do this even though it is risky.
  • Confidence in our calls. Confidence that while we will not know how to “fix” things there is always something we can do to help all move forward, to change and be changed.  Do this even if you are unsure.
  • Confidence in our incompleteness. Knowing we should always be changing and growing. Taking time to reflect on how much we have changed and inspect those places where we are resistant to change and discomfort. Do this because we rest on God and not ourselves.

It is this kind of confidence that can combat a world filled with fear and desire for certainty. In such a world, the best confidence we can show is one that states for all to hear: we don’t have to have all the answers, have it all together, or always do it right. We are just being as honest as we can about who we are, where we are, and how we are even when our world says to hide that honesty behind some other sort of “confidence.”


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