Check your shame at the door…
Do you ever think you’re not good enough? Some of us grew up with insecurities that we carried into adulthood, and we set ourselves up for failure and stress. I was one of those adults. But there’s a contemporary Christian song that speaks to those insecurities: “Check your shame at the door… it’s not welcome anymore… you’re in your Father’s house.”
What a beautiful piece of advice. I can just see a box at the door of heaven, filled with our mistakes, poor choices, insecurities. And behind that door…is Jesus, arms open wide to dispel anything that separates us from Him! It’s a picture I often think of.
We are…all of us…living in our Father’s house, all the time! Actually, on second thought, He’s living in us! We are that special, that important to God, that he dwells within us, and there’s no room for negative thinking.
The older I get, the more I realize where peace is found. It’s found in the simple things in life like accepting the gifts and talents that God has given us without wishing we had more. It’s about realizing that relationships are nurtured when we accept who we are in the eyes of God. It’s about looking at our past and knowing whatever we’ve done has made us who we are today. We are all Christians saved by grace. We are exactly what we were meant to be: broken and healed, loved by Jesus, and taking up residence in the Father’s house.