A Real Lack of Confidence

I don’t think we know how much that little three-syllable word affects us: Confidence: "firmly trusting, bold," as etymology.com says.

You might wish your singers were more confident. Or that the way you lead worship would be more confident. Or that your instrumentalists would play with more confidence. Or that your techs would mix with informed confidence.

Of course, I’m not talking about the Julie Andrews confidence. (Read: archaic reference to The Sound of Music) It’s not confidence in ME.

It’s confidence rooted deeply, securely, and singly in the I AM, the greatness of the Maker, in the One who calls me His.

Here are eight expressions of confidence that we can work on together from my trusty thesaurus:

Assurance
Rest assured. It’s a common expression, but we miss its original meaning. Rest. Assured. Sleep well. When I’m assured of something, I can trust it to be wholly true.

Certainty
"Don’t tiptoe over a steel bridge. It’ll hold." My friend Josh used to say that. There are still so many certain things. Lock onto them. Trust in them. Rely fully on them. Walk with certainty in your step.

Courage
"It’s not brave if you’re not scared." (Just that it’s a quote from the movie Bounce doesn’t mean it isn’t true.) We are practically built out of courage. God wouldn’t tell us over and over in scripture to be courageous if it wouldn’t be built-in to us.

Determination
This great firmness of purpose affects how we walk, the resoluteness with which we set our faces like a flint. Like The Passion Translation says in Isaiah 50:7, "The Lord Yahweh empowers me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason, with holy determination, I will do his will and not be ashamed."

Morale
Morale is the culture I carry around me. The influence I have allows us to win together, fight through until we see victory, and abandon any consideration of retreat. We can do this, you guys!

Poise
This other sixth-grader punched my best friend in the jaw. Takashi just stood there, a slow tear rolling down his cheek. I remember it like it wasn’t 1983. Sometimes our part is to "just stand there." (Exodus 14:14)

Spirit
Spunk. Light up the whole room. The life you and I now live is resurrection life. Full of light, full of life, full of spirit. Like we’re Esprit models. Can you see the three lines of the logo? Father, Son, Spirit. That’s right. Run with it!

Tenacity
There’s a tenderness behind tenacity. It’s not mean or fierce but committed. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, Galatians 5:24 puts it. It hangs on, claws through…because of love.

This little thing called confidence is why we give our teams the music far enough in advance for THEM to feel confident. We provide them with direction musically, we affirm them as people, we pray for them.

Confidence can be contagious. We just have to take off our metaphorical masks. #TooSoon? (Where’s that halo emoji? LOL)

We also give confidence to our teams by providing fantastic training for them. Here are two such training events—one for singers, one for electric guitar players.

Alicia Carver Vocal Coaching - here’s a prerecorded vocal workshop. You can get access for only $19. Get it here.

Electric Guitar Tone & Sound clinic. We’re hosting two identical clinics at Forgotten Genre Productions on October 22 and 24. Sign up here.