One day, when I was in the locker room, I remember the guy who normally sat next to me came in late. He frantically put on all of his football gear and rushed outside to avoid the coaches wrath.
It was no sooner than three minutes he came back in, completely red in the face. I soon understood why. You see, he put his pads on on his legs, but he had forgot to put on his pants.
Have you ever been there? Completely humiliated because of an accident? Or something you forgot to do?
It certainly is embarrasing and you just want to crawl into a hole and die. Maybe everyone else thinks it is funny, but not you. And how much worse it can be when you’re being laughed at, not because of a mistake you made, but because of your best effort. Or simply because of who you are.
During such times, God doesn’t want us to crawl into a hole and die. Rather to turn to him and to find our value, not in ourselves, or in our best efforts, but to find our value in him and his love.
In Romans chapter 5 verse 8 it says this:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
Yes, while we were God’s enemies, those that disobeyed him with our sins, yet God loved us. Loved us enough to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for our sins. For us who didn’t deserve it, for us who were his enemies by our nature. God loved us dearly.
During times of humiliation, times of embarrassment: find your value and worth not in yourself, but in God’s love for you in Christ, Amen.