Don't Be Ashamed
Have you ever had a very bad, humiliating experience happen to you, one of those times where all you wanted to do was run and hide under the blankets in your room, hiding form the world? Maybe you haven't had that bad of an experience, but one where you at least wished you were invisible. I've definitely had my fair share of them, especially being the clumsy person I am. However, after a little time has passed, we look back at these moments and laugh at them joyfully, still embarassed, but recognizing that they've helped us to grow. It all ties into being humble people, realizing that we will make mistakes and learning to move past them and grow, as God teaches us to do. Think about some embarassments you've had to endure. Have you grown from them in the long run?
Today's Reading states:'For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen' (Romans 1:16-25).
Today's reading talks about how we should not be ashamed of the Gospel, but embrace God's Word proudly. Thinking about embarrassments we've had, have you ever felt embarassed to talk about your faith? Maybe you felt you weren't in the right crowd, it wasn't the right moment. Maybe you're embarassed for passing up a great opportunity you had to mention your faith. It's important to recognize that unlike other embarassing moments, our faith is not something we should be embarassed or ashamed to talk about, but embrace it proudly. God knows we'll need a push, and there are times we will fail. However, we need to learn to grow from these missed opportunities, and learn to proudly talk about faith. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you have courage and talk about your faith proudly.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see You working in my life. Help me to embrace every chance I have to openly share my faith with the world.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.