Saturday, 31 March 2012
I was introduced to this video in Bible study this afternoon, and thought I would share this video with you.
It's a little lengthy for a Youtube video, but it is pretty inspirational -- although it does not have much to do with religion itself. But it made me think a little about myself and about God.
So many times in my life, I've been asked about my faith and my God, and I keep having this feeling that I am insufficient. I'm a strong believer, but that's all to it. I believe, but I'm not as committed as I would like myself to be.
When people ask me about the Bible and expect me to know all or most of the important verses, I feel insufficient and ashamed. Ashamed, not because of my actions or behaviors, but because I am not dedicated enough to learn about my faith, to expand on my beliefs and to speak about my own God. I feel ashamed because I think that I am not good enough and do not know enough to confidently converse about my faith.So my friends, I ask of you today -- if you are willing to share -- has shame ever stopped you from doing something?Please don't feel obligated to answer, but just think about it for a while. And remember this important message from the video: Don't ever stay in that state of shame where you constantly tell yourself, "I'm sorry, I am a mistake."That's what so great about God; He knows that we have a tendency to make mistakes, and He forgives us for that. But He also stresses that each of us is not a mistake. So look at yourself and go for risks -- do things that you don't dare to do. And please don't ever feel like your not good enough, pretty enough or smart enough. Just open the door and God is with you.
When has shame stopped you from doing something? How can we see past our own failures to the good that God wants us to do?