Luke, our 10 year old, sang in church last Sunday.  It was his first time to sing at church. As his parents, I think we were more nervous than he was.  As he sang, I looked over at Diane and could see her lips moving with each word.  He got a little lost at one point and I thought Diane was going to start singing for him. 

    I have always wanted to sing at church but the way I sing, it would empty the building.  I did volunteer to help Luke for his first time and sing a duet with him.  He thought for a second, and I literally mean for a second, and said, "No thanks, Dad, I’ll be ok."  And he was.  After Luke sang, I went to the stage to give devotions about his song, but before handing me the microphone he said, "Dad do you want me to stay up here with you?"  Right now he has so much self-confidence it is almost annoying.


Luke, our 10 year old, sang in church last Sunday.  It was his first time to sing at church. As his parents, I think we were more nervous than he was.  As he sang, I looked over at Diane and could see her lips moving with each word.  He got a little lost at one point and I thought Diane was going to start singing for him. 
    I have always wanted to sing at church but the way I sing, it would empty the building.  I did volunteer to help Luke for his first time and sing a duet with him.  He thought for a second, and I literally mean for a second, and said, "No thanks, Dad, I’ll be ok."  And he was.  After Luke sang, I went to the stage to give devotions about his song, but before handing me the microphone he said, "Dad do you want me to stay up here with you?"  Right now he has so much self-confidence it is almost annoying.
    Self-confidence is powerful.  My Dad always told me that I could do anything I wanted to do if I just set my mind to it.  He had me convinced…for a while.  I found out that SELF confidence is limited, limited to SELF.  Confidence in someone or something is called faith.  Confidence in the doctor, confidence in our car, confidence in our law enforcement, but the confidence that really counts is the faith we have in God. 
    Luke may be a little overconfident.  When I was his age, I would have much rather my dad had gone up with me to sing.  Unfortunately, my dad did not sing any better than I do so neither one of us went forward.  God, in Psalms 145:18, promises "The Lord is near to all who call on him."  Today, when I venture out I don’t want to go alone any more than I did as a child.  And today I don’t.  I have learned to call on God and we go together.
    In the gospel of John chapter 15, Jesus tells us that when we take off on our own we have problems.  "Apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)  And in the gospel of Mathew, chapter 19, Jesus says, "with God all things are possible."  The 23 Psalm gives us comfort in knowing that God is near, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…I will fear no evil, for you are with me…surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life…"  Another Psalm that increases our confidence in God is Psalm 25.  The fourth verse goes like this, "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
    How do we, as Luke’s parents, instill the same confidence we have in God in Luke and our other two children?   And while we are at it, what does it take to get anyone to put their confidence in God?  Paul has the answer, "Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ…I praise you for…holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you." (I Corinthians 11:1 & 2)  They must see it in our lives before we will see it in their lives.  "The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."   (Galatians 2:20)  Our example, our love for God’s creation and our desire to live out our faith publically, will do more to promote faith in God than anything else we can do.  Ask yourself, "Do others see Christ in me?"
     Seeing Luke’s determination, lack of fear and desire to perform, I see what my Dad instilled in me…that he will be able to do most anything he sets his mind to.