Overcoming the Obstacles of Self-Doubt

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Self-Doubt

Overcoming the Obstacles of Self-Doubt

We have never been in a time such as this.

We are chosen to proclaim the excellencies and praises of our Mighty God.

We are on the verge of something special and unique for our CSBC family. 

Please allow me to share the journey of how I got to where I am today. I have morphed into someone different many times over in ministry. My ministry roots began as a volunteer youth worker. I upgraded into a children’s worker, moved into worship, and then was called to full-time ministry alongside my husband.

Sometimes, God puts us in roles, and we think: Yeah, I can do that. Only to realize three seconds later: What was I thinking?!?! There is no way I can do that.

Yet God says: Do not be afraid. Trust Me. 

These feelings of inadequacy are so real in my life. Why is that? 

Here are 4 ideas that have fueled insecure thinking, which has, in turn, fostered feelings of inadequacy.

I don’t know enough Scripture. 

Does anyone fully know the Scriptures? Aren’t all believers somewhere in the sanctification process?

Find yourself a teacher. I remember Richard Valdivia and Bob Rodriguez teaching in Sunday school and discipleship groups. The passion they had for Scripture had a huge influence in my early ministry years. Jesus was a teacher, using every opportunity as a teachable moment. We need others “to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” Find people who will teach you to love God and love God’s Word. 

I’m not a leader. 

Being a leader does not require seminary training or even a university degree; education definitely helps, but it is not a requirement to serve the LORD. (Remember the disciples?) Victoria Posas, a leader at my church, reminds us regularly, “All of us are called to be leaders – in our home, school, work place, church, everywhere.” Jesus said, “go and make disciples.” If you believe that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose from the dead, you have the responsibility to share the truth with everyone. Do you remember hearing the cheer, “Everywhere we go, people want to know. Who we are. So, we tell them?” We ought to have something like this as motivation as we go about the Lord’s business.

I’m scared. 

Every time I read in scripture that a person is scared, the first words that come to mind are, “Do not be afraid.” Do you know how many times this phrase appears in the Bible? 366 times. We can lead unafraid. I can’t tell you how many times I have been afraid. Am I saying the right things? Who do I include? Will anyone follow or listen? These are real fears.

Friends, do not fear! Cling with me to these powerful words of our Great God! 

Relocating. 

God sends His people to completely new places. It can be uncomfortable. It is a time mixed with excitement and fear. It will be a time of growth in many areas of your life.

Since surrendering to ministry, our family has moved 3 times. Each time was different. Each time was difficult. 

We moved to Fresno, and I did not like it. The difficulty was felt on so many levels. Our daughters were far from us attending university. We were looking for a church to join. I was unsure about employment. I found myself praying, “What do you want God?” And God, in His humorous way, replied quickly.

The Lord sent Carol Bohrer, His messenger, who asked me to speak at their women’s retreat. Women Lord!?! Really? I have never spoken to a group of women. Children yes. Teens yes. Young adults, yes. But women?

I was not ready. I questioned what a young squirt could say to encourage women. But instead, I said, “Here am I. I will go.” A few years later, my pastor asked me to be the church’s women’s director. Again, I felt unready and unprepared.

Let me tell you, God changes everything. Today, pray with, speak to, lead, and encourage others to answer in the same way.

Yes, I still get very scared. Sometimes, I don’t even know what to say. It’s not perfect by any means, but I am moving in step with my God. I don’t know what your obstacles are, but I know they are real.  Though it may be scary, there is nothing more gratifying than to walk in total confidence in the Lord. I mean, we have Holy Spirit power! 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” So…

Go. Do not fear. HE is faithful! 

About the Author

Anabella Ramirez
Wife of the Executive Director of the California Southern Baptist Convention

Anabella Ramirez has served in a variety of ministry roles such as youth ministry, music ministry, women's ministry and more. She has also served faithfully, alongside her husband Pete Ramirez as a pastor's wife in churches across the state including Pico Rivera, La Habra, and San Jose. Anabella now travels the state (and the nation!) with her husband as he gives leadership in the CSBC as the Executive Director. Together they have raised two beautiful adult daughters, and are enjoying their first grandson, Alonzo.

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