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Let His Confidence Override Confusion
By Joel Osteen - Jul 19, 2010
A couple of months ago, we were at Dodger Stadium doing our Night of Hope Event. At the end of the service, our 11-year-old daughter Alexandra came up and sang. The sound at a big stadium like that can be very confusing. We were set up at second base with an amplification system that's so big and there's so much delay and reverberation that when you say something into the mic you don't hear what you've said for a second or two. You have to really concentrate and ignore the echo coming back.

Alexandra was wearing little electronic monitors in her ears to help take care of this problem. It would be almost impossible to sing without them. But when Alexandra got up to sing, there was a technical issue and her monitors were not working. She couldn't hear herself or the music. On top of that, the ear monitors act like earplugs, so she couldn't even hear herself naturally. Of course, this was all going out on live television. She just started singing her best, but she didn't know if the mic was on, or if people could hear her, or if she was even in tune. In her mind, all these voices were telling her, "You might as well stop. Nobody is hearing you. You're wasting your time. It's not working."

In the midst of all this confusion, she just happened to look over to her left to see her mother sitting in the bleachers. Victoria had a big smile on her face, nodding her head "Yes." She was saying, "It's working. Keep going. You're doing good." Alexandra sang for another 20 or 30 seconds still not able to hear herself or the music. All kinds of sounds were coming and going, these voices telling her to stop. She looked back over and there's Victoria still smiling bigger than me, ear to ear, nodding her head saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Alexandra ended up singing the whole song without ever hearing herself or the music all because she could see her mother telling her, "You're doing good. It's okay. Keep going."

Friend, sometimes in life when we get up to the mic, its not working. In other words, we're doing our best, but it doesn't look like anything is happening. We've trained. We've sacrificed. We've prayed. We've believed. But it just doesn't look like it's worth it. But if you will look up through your eyes of faith in the same way Alexandra looked up at Victoria, you will see your heavenly Father with a big smile, nodding His head saying, "Yes, it's worth it. Keep going. You're doing good. I'm in control. I'm a faithful God." When those thoughts come telling you to quit, don't dwell on them. Learn to look back up and see your heavenly Father smiling down on you. Let His confidence give you strength even in the midst of confusion. He can see the big picture, and He won't ever let you down. He is leading and guiding you in the abundant life He has for you!

…If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
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