Monday, July 18, 2011

Leading with Confidence

I once heard an academy award winning actress say, "50% of acting is confidence...".  I've come back to that quote many times in my life.

We are often given leadership roles based on our skill set, or at very least, the willingness to fill the position.   I was given the role of Worship Director at C3 Church Atlanta, in part, because I can play piano, sing and I love to worship.  These skills come naturally to me and I've been developing them since the age of 13 (although my mom would say since the age of 2).  But, those skills alone don't make me a leader.

Several years ago, being one of the newer worship leaders in our church, people would come up to me after I would lead and say "Great job!"  For a while, this was how I measured my "performance" as a worship leader .  I remember clearly one night God saying,  "You may not always receive accolades, but I am always pleased when you lead others into my presence."  That changed everything.

Psalm 57:7 says "My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!"  This doesn't just apply if you're a worship leader, we're all called to glorify God through what we do for Him.  It's dangerous to base our success on others' approval because, frankly, we can't please everyone!  We must place our confidence in the One who gave us life and opens doors for us.

Remember that no one can manufacture confidence for you.  If your leader has given you a position based on your skills or willingness, you should honor them by leading confidently.  You may not always make the right decisions, but great leaders would always rather correct a little along the way than be in a constant state of frustration because you won't move forward.

Always ask God for wisdom and guidance.  If we're listening for His voice, He will help us navigate through difficult situations.  Be open to correction when it comes (and it will).  Place your confidence in Him and honor Him by believing that He can do great things in and through you.

My humble beginnings :)


  1. Much needed this morning- awesome quick read with great points! :)

  2. What an amazing blog this morn! This takes me back to a recent season in mine and Heather life before coming to Milton. God took us into a place of hiddenness in the church. Were not only we were hidden from God, but people in the church and how they felt about us. Seemingly alone and walking through a desert of frustration. God was doing something great though. He was preparing us, testing us and growing us. Strengthen our character. When the season came to an end God found us steadfast with our roots running deep. Now, we are @ the beginning of walking out a calling/promise that God put on my life since I was thirteen and Heather and I since we were married. Were are serving out of the love in our hearts and not out of need. We are living our best life!!! Thank you so much for being obedient. You and Kev are amazing leaders.