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Reality-based Confidence

From the January 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

WITH CONFIDENCE? OR WITH FEAR? Two very different ways to step into the next moment. When I am faced with issues in my life—from the most dramatic to the most mundane—I like to think I can go forward with confidence rather than fear. However, I want something more than just confidence in my human abilities and talents. When I rely on my personal store of skills, the only thing I can be "confident" of is having to accept the limitations that are inherent in mortal existence.

Supposed material conditions in no way defined, restricted, or imposed on my God-supported actions. I was not a poor mortal who had been completely fine one moment, completely helpless the next.

Instead of limitation, I want the confidence that comes with a deeper understanding of who I am as the idea of God. As I daily learn more about God and therefore more about my identity as His idea, my reality-based confidence grows, inexorably pushing out human doubts and fears. Each time I reject the limits of mere human confidence, my life is filled with the endless possibilities of infinite failure-proof, fearless action. God is All and He is good. These are the absolute facts that take my desire for reality-based confidence out of the realm of wishful thinking. I no longer have to "hope" I have what it takes to be fearless. I know I do.

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