I don’t know of a Christian who at times doesn’t struggle with feelings of shame. There is a level of hypocrisy in each of us. We present ourselves to the world as who we’d like to be, but when we’re alone with our reality, the weight of what we see can be overwhelming. Our mistakes scream our unworthiness and the accuser echoes his condemnation. Before long, our relationship with God is characterized by shame and guilt for not measuring up to what we feel is the standard.
Have you ever had a hard time connecting with your teen about their relationship with God? Maybe you’ve experienced something like this after a Sunday at church: “Hey, how was youth group today? Fine….Did you enjoy the lesson? Yeah…. What book of the Bible was the lesson from? Genesis…..” And after 12 seconds of such riveting dialogue, the conversation is over and you’re left feeling like your teen would rather have spent the last hour and a half at the dentist office!
Every new year I sit down to set some new goals. If you’re like me, you might scroll through social media on January 1 and find people who have given up on making New Year’s resolutions. Some argue what’s the point of writing things down that never get accomplished and are destined to fail? I’ve been there. But others have found the exact opposite to be true. And in reality, growth and progress is more likely to take place when plans and goals are created.