As I woke up this morning, I asked God to give me a word to ponder on as I entered my day. Being the faithful God that He is He gave me a word. The word for me to think about today is "SHAME". Not exactly what I was hoping for. Why not creation, hope, or just simply his attributes? Why could I not just ponder on his goodness or his love? Then it occurred to me that as Christians we seem to talk more about love, rewards, and blessings than we do about shame or being ashamed.

Luke 9:26 says, "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." Oh how this passage pierces my heart. I ask myself: Do I bring shame to my precious King? Do I share his word to those around me, or am I too embarrassed? Do I answer kindly to my husband and speak soft words to my children? Am I patient with those who are trying to help me with a problem? Do I reach out to those who are downcast and unlovely, or do I ignore them? Do I visit the needy and take in his orphans? Or just simply, what do I put on when I walk out of the house?

We are called to live a life that honors the name of our Father. Yet it seems like Christians are letting the world influence them instead of them influencing the world. Ask yourself: if God was here right now, would you feel shame? The good news is today's a new day! We can get on our knees and ask God to forgive us for the stinky stench we send up to him. We can pray that our living sacrifice will be a sweet and soothing aroma that pleases our King. May our lives reflect who we are in Christ and bring delight to our Father in heaven...

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:1-2)