A Princess Dress in a Grocery Store

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

I came across this quote the other day and found so much truth in it!

“No one is as confident in their life as a five-year-old wearing a princess dress in a grocery store.”

The author of this little nugget of truth is unknown, but they sure hit the nail on the head!  I am sure you have seen it too and know it to be true.  The Spider-Man costume at the dentist office; the Unicorn headgear at church; the oversized rain boots and ladies purse at the mall.  Little kids are just so uninhibited!  So free!  So sure of themselves!

It is truly refreshing and keeps life in perspective to see them live their lives to the fullest, free of the confines of the adult world and fully immersed in the realm of their imagination.  It gives us a glimpse of our former selves before we got all grown up and caught up in what others think of us.  Before we experienced the hurt and alienation of another’s harsh words.  Before judgement and hostility sideswiped our innocence.

We were not afraid to say “Hi” to anyone and many of us would have gladly taken the hand of a stranger who responded with a smile.  We sang at the top of our lungs, off key, with mixed up words in the middle of a public gathering without a care in the world.  We struck up the most interesting conversations with those who would listen, often to the embarrassment of our parents.  We would haul up our dresses to fix our tights at a Christmas pageant; in the front row!

Our confidence was simply fearless and unfettered, abounding and unending! 

But, somewhere along the way our confidence got knocked down, squashed, flattened.  We can all recount these painful moments with complete clarity.  Our perspectives changed.  We became more guarded, unsure and hesitant.  It changed how we approached people and situations.  We built emotional walls of protection and distanced ourselves from potential harm.  Our ability to step out lessened and our choice to step back won!

Inevitably, we grew up and got big!

But, Daughters, the key to building our confidence back up is actually to place our confidence in Jesus Christ alone!  Not in ourselves or people or situations.  When we do this, we can again be free to step out, uninhibited, and be who Christ created us to be, to the fullest, no matter where we are in life’s journey.  Despite what we have endured, and what is yet to come, we have the strength we need through our confidence in Jesus.  We can then sing and dance again, fearless and free!

I leave you with these three verses:

 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” 

Jeremiah 17:7

 “Such confidence we have through Christ for God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 

2 Corinthians 3:4-5

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” 

Philippians 4:13