3.31.15–>”Shame in a Petri Dish”

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James 5:16

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.

Brene Brown said this most interesting thing:

“If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgement. If you put the same amount of shame in the petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.”

She also said that gratitude is the antidote to shame. Nothing will end self-loathing better than intentional gratitude–the ole writing-three-things-down-everyday-you’re-thankful-for trick.

What a great picture to illustrate this truth. As we see, God’s truths, as handed down to us through Scripture just keep coming alive and shown true thousands of years later.

By confession to one another, we expose our shame and sin to the light in which it can no longer live. We receive empathy from those who care about us deeply. We realize we are not alone. The enemy loves making us think we’re the only ones going through what we’re going through, or better yet, the first ones in history to face what we are facing.

I believe it was Michael Jackson who first uttered the words, “You Are Not Alone.”

OK, millions of people before him said it, but that’s the song going through my head right now.

You are not alone. You are not a freak. You are human going through the ups and downs of humanity. Do not keep silent! Do not live in secrecy! And stay away as much as possible from those who judge and do not accept your imperfections through genuine empathy.

Let’s expose this crap to the light, baby!!!

More than conquerors, am I right!

In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria

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