Leading Humans: Part 2 – Confidence
By Liz Smith, Director of Youth & Family Discipleship and Communications
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” – Matthew 7:24-27
More than ever, our kids and teenagers are looking to adult and their church to show confidence. Confidence in our faith and confidence in our God. They do not expect you to know all the answers and respond better when adults are honest when they just don’t know. A great way to answer the hard questions from our kids and teens is, “I don’t know. Let’s find out together.” And then find out God’s answer to their question.
The Orange Tour defined insecurity as what happens when we wrap our lives around things we can lose. We can lose friends who move away or choose not to be our friends anymore. We might lose a family member. Jobs and money are lost. Kids lose their favorite teachers or coaches who move to a new grade or team.
Confidence happens when we wrap our lives around foundations that don’t move. Matthew 7 says we are to build our foundation on the rock. We need to build our lives on things that Jesus said matter most. We can instill confidence in our kids and youth by teaching them to build their life on Jesus. We do this by staying consistent in the lives of our kids and youth, sharing God’s truth with them, and assuring them of God’s promises. As adults, we need a solid faith as well. We need to be confident in our faith, so we can share that confidence with our kids and youth.