DayBreaks for 08/23/13 – Not By My Shame
I took my wife out for lunch yesterday and as we were sitting there at Boudin bakery (we love their sourdough bread bowls), I was watching people come in and out. People come in such a huge variety or shapes, sizes and colors. And as I watched them, I was struck (for about the millionth time in my life) be the fact that they all carry around their own consciousness all day long and no one else can see it. They carry concerns and joys, pains and relief, despair and hope, love and hate – to name just a few emotions and thoughts.
Not one of us can see inside their heads or hearts to know what is going on there. And, if they hide what is there, we cannot tell. There may be some who have studied human behavior and could make an educated guess based on little tell-tale signs, but for the most part, we’re clueless about what is going on with others.
Maybe we need close friends with whom we can be vulnerable…yet safe. Someone that we can share what’s happening between our ears and the beats of our hearts. We need fellow humans who can help us navigate the rapids and falls of life’s river that flows inexorably onward toward a common end.
More than that, though, we need One who knows ALL about us. One who will judge us by our hearts and not our shortcomings – just as He did with David long ago.
There is a song by Fernando Ortega (possibly my favorite Christian musician) called Shame that has these words in it (excerpted):
Though I am weak
In times of trial
I hide my face
In the balance
Judge me wholly
Please don’t judge me
By my shame
I have tried to
Live life humbly
Not a coward
Not in vain
When my meekness
Not my shame
Not my shame
I am weak
I hide away
When my hours
Are all accounted
Please don’t bind me
To my shame.
What a blessing it is to know that Christ has borne our shame, that He knows our innermost hearts, hears the unspoken words and thoughts that rattle and zing around inside our craniums…and loves us the same!
PRAYER: Lord, we can consume ourselves with our thoughts of failure, guilt and shame! Remind us when we do that You have lifted that off us past, present and future because you are our closest friend! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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