Why Not Try This? – Doubting Yourself

A road sign with doubt fear words on sky background

by Nelson Fernandez
Source: The Haystack

If you’re like me, you tend to second guess yourself a lot. Sometimes, you find yourself asking the following questions:

  • Was that the right decision or not?
  • Should I have said that or should I have stayed quiet?
  • Am I the right person for this task?

In mid-September, I found myself at the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference Headquarters as part of some meetings to suggest ways that pastors can receive more practical training at the Masters level through the Seminary and the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI). These are exactly the kind of meetings where my self-doubt tends to run wild. What are some tips that help me fight against this negative self-image? Well, the following ideas are not from someone who’s figured it all out; these are truths I have to repeat to myself over and over again, even as I’m writing this.

  1. You’re never “just” anything.
    The first day, as we were going around the room introducing ourselves, I felt like a little fish in a big pond as everyone introduced themselves as “President, Vice President, Chair, Dean or Administrator of this, that, or the other.” Being the last person to introduce myself, as well as one of two active pastors and the only millennial in the group, I said “Nelson Fernandez, just a pastor in the Carolina Conference.”I quickly realized what I’d said. Someone else Continue Reading…

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