Friday is here once again and I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday…here’s todays word…

Why do we think that to get a job done well, we need to start with a huge level of confidence? Where does this confidence come from? Is it possible that it never comes for some and they procrastinate?

There are some jobs I don’t “need” to be confident. For example, this morning I chose to run the vacuum, (a boring job, but someone has to do it). I never thought about how well I could do this job–I just pulled the machine out and got the job done.

While writing on Five Minute Fridays, writing articles, absorbing writing videos, I have a bigger project I should make my priority. Where is my confidence? Possibly the bigger project is over my head. Perhaps I think to be confident depends on me.

Confidence in ourselves takes us just so far. In 1 Corinthians, Paul is talking to those brothers and sisters called by Christ. They were not high-ranking folks, but normal people, most likely weak and needy, but Christ built up their strength and they lived in his confidence.

Who or what are you depending on in your life today? Our own strength eventually falls flat when we depend on our own humanity.

Confidence in Christ is a firm trust, peace and strength that when all else fails, he still holds onto us.



The word for this Friday is Build, and I’m linking today with Five Minute Friday.

From the time my 15-year-old father built a milk house attached to the front of the huge red barn, he knew he wanted to build things up and not tear them down. He wasn’t meant to be a farmer, but those farm skills he carried forever, and never stopped planting until the end of his life.

My Dad

As a wife and mother, I built up love, a comfortable home (no matter where we were), and built in my children the sense of a job well done. We invited missionaries for dinner, church members, and extended family, to build up lives. We wanted to show how to build up the faith, without preaching at them, and letting them see it was a natural part of our lives.

Building up starts with love given to the lives of others. One life at a time we build friendships that never fade, always coming alongside one another when the road is rough.

We may never realize how we have affected another person’s life, but we aren’t doing it for points or stars. We are building up because the love of God compels us.

Be a builder in the lives of others, be positive when life throws tomatoes. And thank God for the grace that comes in hard times.