Day 36: Walking on Stage
Going on stage in a suit and spray tan can be intimidating. In fact, it is one of the most vulnerable things that I’ve ever done. I have to walk out on stage in front of an audience and judges and allow them all to analyze and rate every physical detail of my body. One of the first things I learned when competing was to smile and be confident. If I were to go out on stage, acting like I wasn’t good enough and feeling insecure, the judges would most likely agree with me. Somehow I have to muster the attitude that I own the stage, and I must demonstrate a complete confidence in my bodybuilding efforts.
The only problem is that I’m horrible at faking stuff. I can’t act like I own the stage when I feel like I’m equal to all of the other competitors. Instead of trying to act like I’m the best, I simply chose to walk out in grace. Grace is an amazing word that all Christians should understand and embrace. Grace tells us that we don’t have to be perfect to be confident. Grace allows us to be aware of both our weaknesses and strengths, yet still feel secure in who we are in Christ. Grace lets me walk out on stage with a smile, knowing that I worked my hardest and I’m valued and loved no matter the outcome. Grace frees me to actually enjoy the stage and offer a smile that is genuine.
We all have metaphorical stages that we must walk onto in life. There will be many occasions when we find ourselves in front of an audience and judges who want to see if we are confident. As Christians, our confidence can be based on an unchangeable and all-powerful God. If we base our confidence on ourselves, we will be a like a ship being tossed about by the waves. However, if we base our confidence on the Finished Work of Jesus, we will be like a firm lighthouse on a hill, spreading light to everyone around us. Because of grace, we no longer have to fake confidence—we can claim it!
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7.24-25 NLT).
God, I want my life to be built on the Solid Rock of Jesus. I don’t want my confidence to rise and fall depending on my own feelings, thoughts and actions. I want to walk out on the stages of life with a supernatural confidence that is rooted in You and not dependent on me. Show me how to accept grace. I know that Jesus died to give me His perfection through grace, and I will have the faith to claim it today. I no longer want to fake confidence. Instead, let my smile be genuine and based on a truth outside of myself. Teach me to walk in grace, so I can be a light to the world. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Have you ever had to fake a confident smile?
- Are you able to walk in grace?
- How can grace revolutionize your life?
Walk on stage with confident grace!