Humble confidence.

Generally, there are three types of young professionals:

1. Those who are too confident. (Admit it, you know someone like this.)

2. Those who are too timid and quiet. (Dare to raise your hand? Probably not, if you belong to this group.)

3. Those who have struck a perfect balance between being confident, yet staying humble.

People in the first category can be annoying. They tend to make mistakes and bother the people around them.

I tend to fit into the second  category. “Angie, you’re too quiet. Too shy. Just speak up,” are all comments I’ve heard before. And, I work in the communications industry, which makes it even worse. Being too quiet can also have its drawbacks: people might think you’re snotty, silently opinionated, standoffish, cold – just to name a few.

Rarely are young professionals both confident and humble, but it’s what we must aim to be. Having humble confidence is a trait to be desired in any career.

It’s also important in faith.

Jesus said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). Clearly, we have no reason not to be confident. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence” (Jeremiah 17:1).

But, just as being overly confident is a no-no at work, it’s also true when sharing our faith.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Humble confidence should be at the center of our professional and spiritual journeys. If you tend to be overly confident, to the point of cockiness, remember that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

And if you’re more like me, making less noise than a mouse, find your voice in Christ by remembering, ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13).

Be strong in your faith and your work. Have the guts to stand up for what you believe in. But never, ever, ever forget that we are sinners, we make countless mistakes and we deserve nothing but death.

Only through God’s amazing grace are we promised the precious gift of a perfect, everlasting life with Him.

And that – that thought alone – should humbly bring us to our knees.

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