Moving Beyond Shame

I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I feel shame over a lot of things. Then again, my husband said that shame is only useful for the one second you realize you should’ve done different. Then you need to move on.

I just read a part of Bobby Schuller’s book You Are Beloved in which he tells me that God’s love is the antidote to shame. Jesus, he says, did not act out of shame. Maybe he didn’t even feel it. He didn’t care about his reputation, inviting the lowest-status people of his time to eat with him. Schuller notes that eating with someone in Jesus’ time on Earth means seeing them as equals.

Jesus regarded people who didn’t believe they belonged, as equals. Of course, he is God, so we can never measure up to that, but we can rest assured that he loves us no matter what.

God, help me move beyond the feeling of shame towards an experience of peace. I know You love me for who I am. Please help me see this with all my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

This post was written for Five Minute Friday, for which the prompt this week is “Beyond”. I didn’t set a timer, but I think I did a pretty good job of doing this piece in five minutes.

9 thoughts on “Moving Beyond Shame

  1. More than a ‘pretty good job’, you did a superb one.

    I’ve lived with shame, I’ve lived with guilt,
    I’ve lived with past regret,
    but no future has been built
    by any of these yet.
    They tie my heart unto a stone
    that’s tossed in the abyss
    where my soul may drown alone
    as last breath-bubbles hiss
    unto the light above the waves,
    that warms a black-sand beach
    where walk the free that once were slaves;
    a light I cannot reach
    for I myself have set the ropes
    that will drag down tomorrow’s hope.

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