On a recent long flight from India to Chicago, I took a rare
opportunity to watch a movie. I
actually watched four movies, but the one that impacted me the most was the
2010 film The King’s Speech starring
Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue. This movie is
based on the true story of how King George VI of Britain was thrust into the
Monarchy with a paralyzing speech impediment. Lionel Logue was the unconventional speech therapist that
breaks through and helps the king find his voice.
The movie is inspiring on many levels, but the question that
keeps swirling in my mind is, “What is the value of confidence?” King George VI
was gripped with fear and lacked the confidence to speak publicly. For someone
who speaks in public nearly everyday, it’s hard to imagine that people have
such a difficult time with public speaking. However, it remains as a constant
in nearly every phobia list to be found in a simple Google search.
The magic of this movie is watching how Logue slowly but
surely breaks though the veneer of the King’s royal persona and touches the
source of fear crippling his confidence.
Confidence is one of those ingredients that allows us to be the best
version of ourselves.
Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
In God’s wisdom, we discover what King George VI discovered,
the source of confidence or lack of confidence lives within us. The “wicked” are those with no regard
for God’s truth, who live in fear and, at best, can only muster up a false
confidence. The inner corruption
that we all carry as sinful humans causes insecurity and self-doubt. This often leads to a false confidence.
It’s what we find in every bully on a playground out there. A strong persona
must be presented to hide from the awful idea of recognizing I’m not quite as
good as I thought.
The “righteous” are those who live in humble regard for
God’s truth. This humility is the
very backbone of confidence.
Confidence comes from an honest assessment of who you are and living in
dependence on God. Confidence and
arrogance are not the same.
Christians should be confident, “bold as a lion,” if you will. Not
because we are great, but because we know how corrupt we truly are and seek a righteousness
that comes from our relationship with Jesus.
We cannot underestimate the role of confidence in our
lives. It is possible for you to
be as “bold as a lion” when and only when you live in humble dependence on God
and give up all notions that you must “be somebody” to be somebody.