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Day 22: Shame in the Mundane – People often say that shame is about who you are; guilt is about what you do. That can be a helpful differentiation, but it is a bit of an oversimplification. Sometimes the things we do are triggered by our shame.
When you catch yourself responding to a situation or to a loved one with an overreaction—an anger or sadness that perhaps was a little larger than the situation warranted—those moments are called shame triggers. You might be fuming mad or miserably depressed, but what’s underneath those emotions could actually be shame.
Stop long enough to think about what triggered your big reaction. Ask yourself questions like, “When have I felt this before? Did I feel this as a child? Is this familiar to me?” This will most likely lead to an emotional discovery which God can use to heal, sanctify, change, and renew you. If we can remember that God uses our mundane moments of shame as opportunities to display his grace and mercy, then we can experience the bright side of shame.
Consider: How do you respond to the idea that there is a bright side to shame? In what ways, if any, would you say you’ve experienced the bright side of shame?
Prayer: God, when I experience shame in my daily life, would you help me learn and grow from it? If I’ve acted shamefully or sinfully, would you help me quickly make corrections, not because I’m trying to be perfect but because I want to overcome shame.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)