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Confidence crisis?

From the June 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Most of us at some time have had thoughts such as, "I'll have difficulty making conversation with those people; they're so much more intelligent than I am." Or, "I can't be expected to compete; I have nowhere near the same experience." Or, "I could have done so much better in life if I had known, at the beginning, what I know now!"

Thoughts like these used to invade my thinking regularly. I just did not see myself as one of life's successes. Along with this lack of confidence came a hunger for people to pat me on the back when I did do something well, to give me reassurance. Now, please don't laugh, but I actually got to the point where if someone paid me a compliment, I found it impossible to believe that person.

What was wrong with me? I was being fooled by a limited, material view of myself instead of realizing my inherent goodness and worthiness as the child of God.

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