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August 14, 2016

Who Told Thee Thou Wast Naked?

Author: JenniferMaster1

Have you ever tried to do something and not quite got it right or felt like a failure? How about when you tried to ride a bike and tipped over, maybe more than a few times? Lemonade StandWhat about your first art projects? Were they as great as the girl’s sitting next to you? You know, the one with a natural knack at drawing! Or perhaps you gave a gift and the receiver didn’t act too thrilled or even tried – or not – to hide the disgust on his face? Or maybe your were the kid like me that while playing baseball, the ball could end up hitting me square in the nose!

Being imperfect and making mistakes are part of life. But there is often an underlying feeling and thoughts that somehow make us feel that we come up short – that we are not good enough. This has been happening since the beginning of man. Adam and Eve were told they were naked in the Garden of Eden after partaking of the forbidden fruit. “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” (Genesis 3:11 KJV)

They were ashamed and ran and hid. What was the difference when, only moments before, they didn’t feel shame or like they weren’t good enough running around in their birthday suits? Yes, the adversary has a hand in helping us feeling stupid, embarrassed, unworthy, undeserving or just plain not good enough.

The other day I was taking a meal into a neighbor who was going through radiation treatment. I wasn’t sure what would be the best meal to take in case I took something she didn’t particularly like. When we are serving others, we like to do it with absolute concern for their likes and comfort. I was going to take a couple of pieces of chocolate for the dessert part of a cheese ravioli meal. Then I saw the zucchini – one of the many that seem to take over the garden like weeds. For the first time I tried making a Hawaiian zucchini bread recipe that included raisins, pineapple and pecans.

What if she doesn’t like the dinner I’m taking her, especially the zucchini bread? What if I didn’t cook something right? What if it’s not good enough? What if I’m not good enough?

Well, SCORE! She liked the meal, and the bread was her favorite part. In fact, she said that was the BEST bread she had ever tasted and asked for the recipe.

Lilacs 2I wanted to wish Happy Birthday to a friend on Facebook. I have some special memes and graphics that I like to use with a cute puppy or colorful balloons. But, I was on my phone which didn’t have those graphics that were on my computer. I found a picture of lilacs that I had picked from my backyard in the spring to share on her birthday post. I was thinking, “Lilacs with an unprofessional arrangement from my backyard aren’t as pretty as a dozen red roses! I hope she won’t think this is lame.”

She liked the post and responded, “Thank you! How did you know these are my favorite flowers?”

I responded, “Lucky guess?!”

We can’t always hit a home run or please everyone. Even if others aren’t impressed or like what we do or how we do it, we are enough as we are. A little self-compassion and positive thoughts about ourselves and our efforts in life can go a long way, especially against the enemy who will always say to us, “Thou art naked. You should be ashamed. Run and hide!” Tell him, “I am enough! God made me enough! You should be the one who is ashamed!”

 

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