Belief is a beautiful armor / but makes for the heaviest sword
Believe: to accept or regard something as true
“I believe in you.”
How precious are the words of the confident, the genuine, the heart. I have found it easier to believe in others more than myself. To believe that she has the potential to lead and minister. To believe that he has the wisdom and confidence to take on life as it comes. To believe that together they will do great and mighty things. To know, and to accept that the tiniest of details and qualities were delicately placed in the souls of world changers.
Leave it to John Mayer to write like a genius and say, “Belief is a beautiful armor but makes for the heaviest sword.” Believe that you are worthy. That you are intelligent. That you are beautiful. That you are creative. Believe in yourself. You hold the key to your confidence, your joy, and your image. Wouldn’t you want a beautiful armor? The price: the heaviest sword. Leaders will be criticized, ants will be stomped on, and castles will crumble. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t come back stronger than ever, have the ability to create something magnificent, or to be the foundation of royalty.
Believe in yourself.
Personally, I’m not a fan of having the spotlight. I’m quiet. I think a ton, and I like to take time and process the random happenings of life. I’ve struggled with insecurity. I’m not the greatest at taking compliments. And like the rest of you, I’m human.
Do you ever stop and think about what people are actually saying? I’m talking a legitimate pause and ponder moment. I’ll be honest, I get “Sawyer, you’re so cute” a lot. I remember one day at school, junior year, I had my pause and ponder moment. I realized how much I got that adjective; cute. I wondered what made me cute, and why I never seemed to be anything more.
Since junior year, it’s almost like I’ve numbed myself to that compliment. Yes, of course, I respond politely, but it’s as though I don’t hear the compliment. This is a terrible habit because I’ve set myself up for disbelief.
Recently, I had someone actually tell me that they believed in me. It wasn’t a comment on a post, or a message on Facebook, but with real words they told me that they believed in me. I can’t even begin to explain what that did to my confidence. I mean look at me now, I’m writing about it! It wasn’t an ordinary adjective, or an insincere compliment. It was a “Hey, I see you. I see what you’re capable of. And I believe in what you can do and what you will do.”
The truth is, I still struggle with believing in myself. I struggle with returning a phone call to an admissions office, because I don’t want to sound stupid. I struggle with looking in the mirror and not immediately thinking, “Wow, I’m beautiful.” And I struggle with the fact that maybe I’m just not good enough.
Thankfully, I have a God that is bigger than any insecurity, fear, or disbelief. Ephesians 6:12 says this, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” In addition to that, 2 Chronicles 20:15 says this, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
There is a spiritual battle and God has already won. If I press into Him, His word, and His presence, the doubts and uncertainties that I have will all disappear. I may still be a work in progress, but I’m running full speed ahead.
So, as a simple encouragement to you: I believe in you, God believes in you… and you should, too.
For more encouraging words, check out this TRUTH!
- Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.