“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 New Revised Standard Version; NRSV)
Whether you are a Christian or not, don’t let shame shatter you. The scripture above is one that encourages all of us to live in opposition to having our all stifled, stolen, sabotaged, silenced, etc. We are admonished, therein, to live in abundance. What happens; however, when we mess up things for ourselves? What becomes of the possibility of abundance when we make decisions and choose options that lead us in spaces of shame, failure, frustration, lack & loss? We are often overwhelmed by feelings of self-pity, fear, doubt and become accepting of our own excuses that keep us from the abundance that awaits us.
I’ve made several mistakes and I’ve failed a lot but I haven’t let the shame of those experiences shatter my sense of succeeding beyond them. I had to pray and/to forgive myself. I’ve cried and condemned myself to staying stuck in a mindset of waste because I grew weary in repeating what kept me from abundance. I changed this by acknowledging that abundance is still possible for me. Do know that shame has a shadow, you can move from it and have it be behind you. Don’t live oppose to your ideal life because of what has happened when your ideal life is before you. Don’t give up on yourself or what you have to offer – give anyway. Grow from it, regardless of what once stunted it. Be all of you, not just what burdens you. You have strength to get up from failure and destiny to propel you from doubt. Live in abundance because it’s available. Trust in the possibility that you can produce better and prosper. Don’t let shame shatter you, survive it. Don’t forfeit arriving in abundance.
Write down all that is in opposition to living in abundance, in your life and how you can live beyond it. Don’t let lack consume you – produce more. I decided that shame doesn’t satisfy me and that’s what I’m after in living in abundance. What are you after? What will satisfy you, daily? Live in that space. It’s still possible for you. Believe and be.