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The King's Speech

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.  

Posted by Andy Savage at 11:06 AM
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