Never Be Ashamed
My son is a somewhat shy person. He can be quiet around people he does not know well, but completely goofy around those he does know. He loves to laugh and have a good time, but he never wants to stand out in a crowd. He goes so far as to only want shirts that are bland colors. I love to see him in vibrant reds and bright greens or blues. Yet, every time I buy a vividly colored shirt for him, I later find it shoved into a corner of his dresser – sometimes with the tags still on them! Needless to say, I have given up on trying to change this aspect of him…this need to not stand out to others.
Interestingly, I am about as far from shy as one can be. However, I was not always this way. In junior high, I was painfully shy for a few years, until a great friend pulled me out of my cocoon of safety. I also hated to smile, because I had less than perfect teeth that really brought me a great deal of embarrassment. However, once I got braces, figured out how to dress a little trendier, and procured a decent haircut, I stepped out of that awkward phase, never to return. I still do get a little shy around a group of new people…but I warm up to them rather quickly. I just like talking to people.
My son, on the other hand, is happy with a very small handful of friends. Either is fine – God made each of us in a special way, and not everyone wants to be center stage.
Still, sometimes, I worry about his shyness. I don’t worry about it holding him back for a job or anything like that – he can speak up quite well when the need arises. What I worry about is him sharing the Gospel of Christ.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”
My son is going to enter a world that is becoming increasingly negative towards Christianity, and in some ways even hostile. It is troubling, but not disconcerting. We still don’t have it as bad as the early Christians did. So far, none of us are hanging upside down on a cross because we proudly proclaim Jesus as savior. Are we going to move in a direction similar to that? I don’t know. Only God knows. But, assuming the snowball effect is often true, my son may encounter, in his lifetime, a time when speaking the gospel of Christ is more than frowned upon or mocked.
I want nothing to deter him. I want him to proudly proclaim where his hope comes from – the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. I want him, in the face of even the angriest of adversaries, to not sway from the truths in the Bible. We are entering into a culture that holds no value in the Bible. I want my son to proudly say that he does believe and will choose to live his life by The Book.
It won’t be easy.
I am so sorry that the world is turning its back on You. I am sorry that people are twisting and turning Your words to make them stand for something completely opposite of what You meant. I am sorry that many are taking the word “love” from Your words and applying it to cover things that are not Holy, as You are Holy.
Lord, I know I am guilty of not standing up for You and Your Word. I know You don’t need me to, but you certainly want this. I pray that You make me bold for You, so that my son can learn by my example.
And Lord, please create in my son a need to share You with others. Please make him a witness that shines with Your love and Your hope and Your message. Help him to proudly state that he is Yours, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that yes, Jesus died and 3 days later came back to life, then ascended into Heaven. Let him never be ashamed. And please remind him that man’s ways are not Your ways…that man’s wisdom is foolishness in Your eyes. While man spends time trying to prove how right they are, blatantly spitting in Your face, let my son hold true to You and Your Word, no matter how others may mock or scoff at him. Please bless him for this, Lord. Bless him in ways that You know will bring You the most glory.
Thank You, Lord, thank You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.