Daily Archives: September 28, 2013

“Angelo Rules” and Confidence

In the center of the image, Angelo, from the series "Angelo Rules," produced by “Cake Entertainment” and “TeamTo”

Angelo, from the series “Angelo Rules,” produced by “Cake Entertainment” and “TeamTo”

Like most kids, I spent hours watching cartoons. That enjoyment turned into a passion and special interest the older I got. To this day, I’m finding that God and Christ wants to specially use that same passion for animation and cartoons that I have for Kingdom work!

In fact, the Lord continues to use cartoons and other forms of media and arts to point me to Him.

I know that sounds strange, but here me out!

There’s a series on Netflix that I just can’t get enough of called “Angelo Rules.”

“Angelo Rules” is about an 11-year-old, charismatic boy named Angelo. With him are his two friends, Lola and Sherwood. Together, they often plan and plot ideas with phases and ideas in order to get out of doing chores, school tests and getting around all kinds of problems.

While working on this article, I asked myself this question, “why do I watch this show so heavily!”

Like many people who watch movies or TV shows they enjoy, I see a quite a bit of myself in the main character.

Angelo is confident, smart, creative and cool. Watching “Angelo Rules” reminds me of what was hidden in the shadows of my own childhood and what is developing more in my adulthood.

For me, the confidence piece is what stuck out for me.

All week long, I have been struggling with the issue of confidence. Under my breathe, I would whisper to myself, “man, Angelo is so confident! How can you possibly be THAT confident, even when a plan goes to pieces? How do you hold such a resolve?”

The Lord has given me more than enough confidence, not so much in just myself, but also in Him. But, often I find myself in need of a confidence recharge, especially after spiritually fighting attacks.

You know, those attacks that sound like whispers of “you’re not good enough” or “you’re not as smart” or “you’re wasting your time.”

It’s one thing to be self-confident, but it’s another thing to be confident in your own abilities, talents. Your confidence has to come from a source greater than yourself, not recycled from past experiences, personal accomplishments and goals met.

Hebrews 10:35-36 says this:

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Our confidence is built up of more than just what we have seen or accomplished. Our ultimate confidence has to be on God and Christ Jesus. It is from the confidence we gain through going forward in Christ that we can confidently accomplish what needs to be done even in our times of struggle or weakness.