Melvyn Tan
October 17, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Where Do You Place Your Confidence

[blockquote source=”Proverbs 25:19 (NLT)“]Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.[/blockquote] You prepared, what you thought would be an important presentation.  You thought to yourself that saving it in one of the cloud services would enable you to open the file […]

[blockquote source=”Proverbs 25:19 (NLT)“]Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.[/blockquote]

You prepared, what you thought would be an important presentation.  You thought to yourself that saving it in one of the cloud services would enable you to open the file from any other devices.  You reach your destination only to find out that the file was somehow corrupted.  As such, the system automatically deletes that file.  You panic. You open your other devices, hoping that the file would be somehow ‘saved’ in the cloud.  However, to your dismay, it is not.  You lose the file.  You lose the presentation. You lose your confidence.  And your audience lose their confidence in you.

The episode taught me a very important lesson. To always have some form of back-up in critical moments like these.  In other words, not to place too much confidence in a system for your most important stuffs.  You’d never know if you might face some kind of disaster if it fails on you.

Now, we all have used some form of backup systems for our files, our pictures, our songs, our ebooks. But how many of us have some form of backup system for your life?  I’m not talking about insurance policies or medication.  I’m talking about whether you have a system that will keep you right back on track if you fall by the way side.  Do you have some form of a backup system that will get you back on after you have derailed for sometime?

What’s your system?  And is it grounded in good faith?

I use a simple review system to help get me back on track.  I’d be the first to admit.  I don’t always stay on track nor do I always get to complete all my tasks.  Some days are better than others, but there are days, or even weeks that I would just be afraid to look at my list.

The review system is based on one very simple premise: you are free to choose your decisions and actions.  But your decisions and actions are governed by a set of principles that apply to everybody.  Therefore, you are free to choose to rely on a person to give you advice.  But your decision will bring about a set of consequences that may be outside of your level of influence.  You can, of course, choose to rely on the unfailing One, and you know that whatever consequences that follow, it is the best for you.

As such, starting today, I’d choose to add “P” to my ACE.  In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that to do anything well, we need to channel our Attention to the very task that we’re committed to doing at that point, we will need to leverage on all our knowledge and skills – Competencies – to get the task completed, and finally we have to concentrate all our Energies on completing that task.  Here, I’d like to add Pray to the start of the task. When praying, I am placing my confidence in the unfailing God, the One that always deliver.

Father, I thank You for always being there for us.  You’ve never let us be alone, even though we thought You’ve left us.  Father, I want to place my confidence in You that in all that I do, You will guide me towards fulfilling the purpose that You have set out for me.  In Jesus name, Amen.