'Believe in Yourself' Isn't Always Great Advice!

Several years ago, when I was a student pastor, I was sitting in an awards ceremony for one of our teenagers. The presenter stood up to begin calling names of the recipients, but before she began handing out the plaques she took the opportunity to "sneak a speech."

"Sneek a speech" is when someone takes the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions with the crowd, without an invitation to do so. (I'll confess, that us preachers and pastors are the "chief of sinners" at doing this.) She began by telling the students how she appreciated their hard work, that God has given each of them gifts that could only come from Him, and that they should always serve God and others with these gifts.

She should have stopped there, but she then went on to say, "Most importantly, always believe in yourself!"

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