A few years back, someone was having a conversation with my son in law and told him that they thought his mother in law was snooty.
Can I tell you how deeply that bothered me?
Of course my sweet son in law tried to assure them that I was not snooty, just very shy. He even added-“if you knew her, you would know she’s not that way at all”. It was very kind of him to stick up for me.
After the blow of hearing that I was described as snooty, my first reaction was to defend myself~
“I’m not snooty, I’m just extremely shy! I can’t help it.”
But then my thoughts went inward. I convinced myself that this was how God made me and He loves me just as I am and understands that I am shy.
Can I say~I still believe all of that. God does love me as I am.
God does know I am an introverted, shy preacher’s wife.
He asked me~
Are You a picture of my Son?
When people are with you, do they see Jesus shine through that shyness?
Even before they know you?
Obviously the answer was no, and I knew right then that I needed to be a picture of God’s grace~
shyness and all.
It’s something I ask Him to help me with on a daily basis.
~Let them see Jesus in me~
Too often we convince ourselves that we can’t help our demeanor. We argue that that’s just how God made us, but we forget the part of the Bible that says~
We are made in His image.
We are known by our fruit.
We are a light to the world.
Love is everything.
In word, in deed, in demeanor.
We can do ALL things with Christ help.
So I will step out of my comfort zone, put on a little extra deodorant (because I know I’ll be sweating bullets)~
and with Gods help and His power~
I will show the world Jesus.
Shyness and all.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18