I’m Just Like You…

Can I share something with you? I’m actually pretty shy. I dislike crowds, and I really dislike being in a situation where I don’t know anyone. Especially one where no one wants to know me.

I was picked on all growing up and just never felt loved or accepted in this world. A sensitive child with a sensitive heart, I was always deeply hurt by the actions of others and so I started shying away from people for fear of rejection. It’s a cross I’ve born most of my life, but I can say that The Lord has pushed me to break out of the shell of my past.

I am born new, in His likeness, and so it would seem at times like I have it all figured it out or that I’m fearless. I’m not and I’m still shy. It’s the Lord’s light that people see. I’m still just me, a girl holding together the broken pieces of my past by the grace of God’s strength. I can’t do it all. I’m not superwoman. I fail people at times. I yell at the kids, upset my husband, and burn dinner sometimes too.

I’m just like you – a little broken, but a lot SAVED. I am thankful to have the grace of God in my life.

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10 thoughts on “I’m Just Like You…

  1. Wow this gives me some hope. I am saved, and I am also a basket case much of the time. It is hopeful that they maybe see His light even when I don’t feel like anyone could…

  2. Webster’s dictionary defines shyness as “the state of being timid, easily frightened, reserved, bashful, and shrinking from contact with others.” For the Christian, shyness can be overcome by relying on the Holy Spirit. The Bible explains this in 2 Timothy 1:7 (TLB): “For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.” The Holy Spirit is given by God to those who place their faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for their personal sin. The real key is learning to be filled with, and under the control of, the Holy Spirit. Meditating on Ephesians 5:17-21, Ephesians 4:30, and Colossians 3:16 will be helpful to those who are struggling with shyness.

    Oddly enough, shyness can actually be a form of pride. Fear of what people will think about us and being overly concerned for the opinions of men (Ephesians 6:6-7; Proverbs 29:25) can be reflection of obsession with self. But the Bible says we are not be worried about the opinions of men, not to fear what men think about us or even what they say about us if we’re doing what we know is right. In fact, if we are striving to live godly lives, we can expect not to be liked (2 Timothy 3:12).

    Timidity, shyness and bashfulness are basically fear, and fear is the opposite of faith. We overcome fear through faith from God (Hebrews 11:6) and love from God (1 John 4:18-19). Faith and love from God come from saturating the heart, mind, and life with the Scriptures (Colossians 3:16; Romans 10:17). For sanctifying ourselves (John 17:17) and overcoming fear, doubt and confusion, the power of the Word of God is unequaled (Psalm 19; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

    Besides becoming a Christian, learning to live under the control of the Holy Spirit, replacing fear and pride with faith and love from God, and saturating our minds with Scripture, we can add one more ingredient to overcoming shyness. The world calls it “self esteem” and “self-image,” but those are not biblical terms. The Bible explains it as living out the identity of who we are in Christ. Meditating through Ephesians 1, we see all that we are in Christ. Shyness is about us, but true Life is about Christ, who is our Life according to Colossians 3:4.

    Isaiah 35:4

    say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you all, and keep you in His right hand….

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