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No Shame November

Welcome to November!  If you’re a guy/male/man like I am than you may be familiar with the term “No Shave November.” It’s when macho men make a 30 day pledge to keep all razors away from their faces. Interestingly, one month rolls right into the next (Decem-BEARD) and into the next couple months (Janu-HAIRY and Febu-HAIRY)! Ha. See what I did there?
 
Basically it’s a fun way to appear manly. 
 
Now, let me describe something other than facial hair that tends to grow and become unruly:  SHAME
 
Shame is one of the brutal effects of sin. It has plagued us since Adam and Eve bit into the fruit and realized they were naked. Their first response was to hide from each other and from God.
 
Not much has changed. 
 
John Bloom says this about shame and hiding:  “We hide in our homes or away from our homes. We hide in our rooms and in our offices. We hide in housework, yard work, and garage puttering. We hide behind computers and phones and newspapers and magazines. We hide behind earphones and Netflix and ESPN. We hide behind fashion facades, education facades, career facades, Facebook facades, and pulpit facades. We hide in busyness and procrastination. We hide in outright lies or diversionary conversation. We hide behind sullenness and humor. We hide behind bravado and timidity. We hide in extroversion and introversion.
 
But, there’s got to be a better way to handle shame than hiding. Rather than hiding in shame, can I recommend that we take refuge in Jesus. There’s no better place to go with our shame then to the Lord. Only he can atone for sin. Only he can heal the scars and cleanse the residue of our brokenness. Only he can restore us to wholeness. 
 
Romans 8:1 declares: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
 
John 3:17 reminds us that God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Perhaps we ought to call this month “NO SHAME NOVEMBER.” 
 
Yah, let’s do that:  No Shame. 
 
Grace & Peace,
 
John
 
P.S. I invite you to join me for 21 Days of No Shame. Together let’s follow along in our Pause Bible Reading Plan in reading a chapter from the Book of John each day for 21 Days.  You can find the reading plan at http://wsfc.org/resources/bible-reading/

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