“I believe in you” are four powerful words.

I am who I am because someone believed in me. When I attended Bible College, I realized I was different when I compared myself to others. I was different—I had no apparent giftings because I was too nervous to sing, play piano, teach, preach, or even read a scripture in front of people. Fear paralyzed me from pressing beyond my insecurities. In the midst of the incredible talent of others, their beauty, and charmed heritages I felt like I had nothing to offer God—other than my love.

The Power of Believing

One of my teachers at Bible College, Sister Ann, saw something in me before I saw anything in myself and she believed in me before anyone else did. Sister Ann created opportunities for me to minister in a safe environment where I could either fail or succeed without the pressure of a penalty or a reward. I was oblivious to the fact she was discipling me because she operated with love and faith, while demonstrating genuine care for my future ministry.

I do not know who I would be without Sis. Ann’s encouragement in my life. She has passed on from this world, but I have picked up her mantle and I strive to believe in people. I have committed my life to invest in other people’s talents and strive to recognize a man or woman’s call before they have fruit of a gifting.

Who has believed in you? Where would you be without their support? Reach out to them today and thank them for their encouragement and then strive to be a word of encouragement in someone’s life.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would help me invest into other peoples’ lives and ministry. Let me be an individual who builds people up and not one who tears a person down with destructive words. Thank you for never giving up on me, even when I have failed you—and, help me to not give up on others.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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