Alone in My Self-Belief

I believed in myself when no one would.

Todd Beal

There will be times in your life that no matter how qualified and capable you are, regardless of how much potential and talent you possess, no one will see it but you. This is not a time to give up but the time to buckle down, strengthen your resolve and give everything within you to accomplish what you believe in. Followers either naysay or praise, but leaders blaze the trails.

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About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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5 Responses to Alone in My Self-Belief

  1. I have never believed in myself, and with pretty good reason. However, in 1958 I became a whole person, knowing exactly who and what I am.

    In the last 52 years I have achieved numerous things I could never have imagined: things I considered impossible when confronted with them. When I think back on those achievements I am amazed and almost in disbelief that I actually did them.

    I know that of myself I could never have accomplished them, but God’s commands are His enablings and it was ONLY in His strength and direction and enabling that they were not only completed but completed extremely well.

    I still don’t believe in myself, but my belief in my Father God is unshakable.

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    • Todd Beal says:

      My question to you then; would you tell one of your children, or one of your teenagers, in whom you happen to see great talents, skills, and incredible potential, that you believe in him or her? Or would you say I don’t believe in you, in what you have to personally offer, because of my unshakeable belief in God?

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      • Our five sons are all extremely talented. They were brought up with endless encouragement and praise (always truthful and with constructive criticism where necessary). They ARE talented. I also encouraged and praised the literally hundreds of children and teens I’ve had in ministry over the years.

        The difference is that I have no talents. I KNOW I could not have done the things I did of myself. I did them depending on the One who called me to the task and He undertook. It certainly wasn’t MY ability.

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  2. Todd Beal says:

    I read your life story from beginning to end, and my suggestion to you is to reread what you wrote, including your comment to which I am now replying. I make that suggestion for the following reasons.

    Not only do you have talents, but inborn talents, and God infused them into your personality at the time he designed you. When the time is just right, he empowers and prompts you to use them, but they are always there – dormant or active – according the personality God designed for you.

    You are an incredible writer; a talent that no decent author is born without. You obviously were born with a natural gift for sewing and designing clothes; God designed you with that talent. According to your story, you were highly sought after for your public speaking skills; God designed you with that talent as well. You are very good with relating to teenagers; that talent also came from God. You have a logical and philosophical mind, as born out in your ability to explain difficult concepts and precepts to the general public (to put it mildly, not an easy thing to do); you employed this talent in portions of your life story. God designed your personal talents according to your unique personality, and when the time is right, he gives you the wisdom and wherewithal to develop them through a learned skill, in real-time.

    We each need to honor God by recognizing the extreme care he put into designing us, including you, you who are like no other. The more we humbly recognize that unique design (our talents and personality, our gifts), the more we recognize what an awesome and loving God he is. No, we did not give those gifts (or our personality) to our self, but nonetheless they are ours because God gave them to us at birth (they are what make you, you, and me, me). The more we understand the significance of our own design, our personal design – His gift to us, for us, for Him – the more specific our gratitude to Him becomes.

    The more we understand the significance and incredible precision of our personal design, the more we recognize the unique talents and skills in others as well.

    Regarding your statement, “I KNOW I could not have done the things I did of myself. I did them depending on the One who called me to the task and He undertook”; I want you to know that I am not disagreeing with you (or doubting you). What you are saying is also true in my life (my story). My whole point within this dialog is that I see too many individuals constantly berate the person God designed them to be. I also see these same individuals who, because of that doubt (or disbelief), also doubt the abilities and talents God gave to others. These individuals tend to be perfectionists, being very critical of their self first and then toward others. These individuals often feel they are not good enough, that they can never measure up, and that they are hopelessly flawed and useless; what a terrible lie. God doesn’t make useless people.

    I have never met a useless person, ever. I have never met a person who did not have unique talents and abilities, ever. But, most of our capabilities remain either undiscovered or severely limited until we accept Jesus Christ into our heart (as in your life). Then, and only then, do our true capabilities spring to life through his power. From that point forward, the more humble we become and the more open we are to God’s will for our life, the easier it is to use these talents and abilities well.

    Todd

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    • I hear what you are saying and I PARTLY agree with you. I do have abilities for which I received no training apart from experience and the Lord has used these.
      However, the accomplishments to which I refer are a different thing. They were NOT completed with MY abilities. They involved doing many things about which I had no knowledge and I have not been able to use them in other ways. They were new abilities for a specific purpose.

      I will be leaving soon for a trip to take my sister to specialist treatment so I will be away all day today (it is now 6.00am here)

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