I don’t know about you, but when I started coaching 14 years ago, I always felt like a fraud.  I hated when people would ask what my background was.  At dinner one night, during an interview to work with a Senior Partner in his firm, the Sr. VP of HR was outrageous enough to ask “What makes you credible?”  That was my most dreaded question. 

How many of you feel like a fraud, too?  I’ve learned that this syndrome isn’t from the Lord! It’s a ploy to get us off track and may even be a way of keeping us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.  When it rears its ugly head, it needs to be addressed head-on. Here’s what I’ve done. 

·      Scripture—First I had to find the Scripture that could be my “sword of the Spirit.” I wrapped myself in that Scripture whenever needed to do battle (Eph 6).

·      Listen—I also started listening to what people were saying to me. They seemed to be seeing things more clearly than I was, and I started hearing God’s voice through them.

·      Focus on the Lord—Most importantly, I tried to focus on what God was saying to me through Scriptures, through invitations, through my “gut.” With several invitations to speak, I could almost hear Him saying, “Do it.” I kept stepping up, even when I was intimidated by the commitment.

Fast-forward 14 years. As I type this, I’m sitting in a hotel room getting ready to go into day two of a board meeting—I’m a trustee on a seminary board. Yesterday, as the board convened, I found myself looking at all the wisdom and experience around the table. And, yes, I feel like a fraud. Again. 

 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27