By Christopher Simon
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” ~ James 5:16
Shame and fear are the twin enemies of feeling worthy. Most of us feel that there are certain things that we dare not share with others, dark secrets so shameful that were we to reveal them no one would accept us. But, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we should not doubt that God loves us even so.
God’s making us was no mistake, and he certainly knew the many ways in which we would fall short. God’s only requirement for us is that we have the courage to confess our sins and own up to our shortcomings. Confessing those sins and shortcomings to our fellow man takes even more courage than confessing them to God, but the payoff is worth it. We will thereby discover which of our friends and family members will accept us just as we are.
One of the earliest meanings of the word courage is “to speak one’s mind,” or literally “to tell one’s heart.” And indeed, courage is required to “tell one’s heart.” Remember, though, that being worthy is less about being blameless and more about opening our heart to others and trusting that they will accept us.