In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown writes this about shame, “Shame needs three things to grow out of control in our lives: secrecy, silence, and judgment. When something shaming happens, and we keep it locked up, it festers and grows. It consumes us. We need to share our experience…If we can find someone who has earned the right to hear our story, we need to tell it. Shame loses power when it is spoken.” Let’s take note. First, Jesus has earned the right to hear our story of shame. We see in Exodus 3 and 4 Moses opened up the dark closets of his heart. In the same way, you and I can draw near to God through Christ any hour of the day. Each time we do, shame and inadequacy lose their power.
Second, we can renew our minds by hearing the voice of God. Moses listened to the audible voice of God, and it set him on a new course in life. If you don’t feel like you measure up, today turn to Ephesians chapter one and get your mind around what God says about you. You are chosen, blessed, holy, blameless, loved, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, included, sealed with the Holy Spirit, empowered by his incomparably great power, made alive, raised up with Christ, seated with him in the heavenly realms, saved by grace, and God’s workmanship created for good works (Ephesians 1-2). You are who God says you are because of all Jesus has done for you
As we age and get a few bumps and bruises, we can fall prey to “life-paralysis.” Life paralysis happens when we sit and watch the opportunities of life pass us by because we’re too afraid to make another mistake.
What is your excuse for not responding to the call of God? Why do you keep putting it off? Is it because you don’t feel you measure up? If you sit around and wait until you feel up to it, you’ll never do anything.
Here’s the tough truth from the burning bush encounter. It strips away our excuses for inaction. We can no longer hide behind our self-doubts and insecurities. We have to stop telling ourselves, “One day when…” I love the old King James rendition of Ephesians 5:15-16 – “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
The messages of shame get active just after we’ve heard God’s voice to step out. Which voice will you believe, your little self or the voice of God? Face your fears and push through. Go after the mission God has for your life.
“I’m not enough. I don’t have enough. What if I fail? I can’t speak. I can’t organize. I can’t manage. I can’t do this or that. I can’t. I can’t. I can’t.” Listen to yourself. Begin to say, “By God’s grace I can and I will.” Let’s get past what you can’t do. All things are possible with God.
Don’t wait around for your parents to do this. They never cheered for you in the past. Why would they do that now? Don’t wait for your unbelieving friends that waste time around the water cooler to suddenly become Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins. No one can do this for you. You must start saying and believing, “By God’s grace I can and I will.”
It’s time for a decision. Our English word “decision” comes from the Latin decidere, which means “to cut off.” You have to make a break with the past to chart a new course. It’s time for an incision. General George S. Patton once said, “A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” A hot air balloon is held to the ground by ropes and steaks. It’s time to cut the ropes and make a decision to trust God and his word fully.
Let’s be thankful today. When we don’t measure up, God fills up what we lack by his grace for his glory. Here’s how The Message renders 2 Corinthians 9:8, “God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.”