October 17, 1998 I listened to a tape (cassette of course) of a guy who talked about spending time with Jesus every day. He had been at it for 42 years, hadn’t missed at day. WOW! He recommended trying it for 30 days straight, gave the format and encouraged his listeners to give it a shot. I finished my 30 days, and decided I was in. So, for the past 10 years and I have been getting time with Jesus every day, and as Robert Frost said, “…that has made all the difference”
It’s year 2 of the one-year bible for me. Last year was rich! Each day I would pick one verse from the reading for the day and write a page or so in my journal about it. Planning on doing the same this year. I’ll post these journal entries a few times during the week. I wouldn’t have suspected that my first blog post would include “naked”, but its the verse that stuck out today in Gen.
“Now the man and his wife were naked, but they felt no shame.” Gen 2:25
Sin had not entered the world yet, Adam and Eve were whole, exactly who God created them to be, living life to the fullest in the garden, and they felt no shame. I wonder what that felt like, no shame. How often does shame take over and keep me from being who God created me to be. After the apple debacle, God showed up on the scene and Adam’s first reaction was shame (fig leaf). Shame: hiding from God. There are so many ways I hide from God, whether it is blatant or subconscious, hiding from God is so easy to do. The serpent wanted Adam to feel shame and he wants me to let it take over my life too. It’s a conscious decision today for me to live out of the freedom of Jesus, to not hide and not live out of shame.
Prayer: Oh Daddy, help me to be exactly who you created me to be: strong, confident, courageous, full of belief, without shame. Amen