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Shy About Jesus
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My three-year-old son and I had just picked up the mail from our mailbox. My son asked if there was any mail for him. I looked through the mail and found a religious flyer with a cute boy about his age on it, folding his hands and closing his eyes in prayer. I handed it to him. We got in the car and drove off. I noticed it was kind of quiet in the back where my son was sitting. I asked him, “What are you doing?” I turned and looked at him. He was staring at the flyer, eyes fixated on the little praying boy. His replied, “Mommy, this boy is not shy about Jesus!” I asked him, “Are you shy about Jesus?” He said to me, “I am just a little shy about Jesus, Mommy.”

In a way, I think a lot of us are shy about expressing our feelings about Jesus. I find myself unable to display what my mind and heart want to show, for fear of what someone else may think.

When I was in high school, God and Jesus were somewhat of a difficult subject for me. I was trying to find my spiritual bearings—trying to figure out what I believed and why. I started attending a Friday night gathering of songs, worship and praise. I remember looking around and noticing one girl in particular. She was singing the praise songs with her hands raised high and a smile on her face. But what caught my attention the most was that her eyes were closed. She wasn’t frantically looking around to see if people were watching her. She wasn’t concerned with anything but praising God. 

Real and Genuine

That night I started a quest to know God better so I too, would be able to worship in a way that felt not only comfortable to me, but was also real and genuine. And what an amazing journey it has been and continues to be. I will be ever grateful to that girl for her uninhibited expressions and the influence it had on my life.

I often ask myself, “Am I shy about Jesus?” Are you shy about Jesus? Who can you bless today with your expressions of faith?

"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).

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