Many of us know the story of the first man and women. They were initially clothed au natural. Evidently, it was wonderful, liberating, and extremely comfortable. It is far too easy to look back and say their feelings were this way because they did not know any better. If one does not consider the rest of the story the first conclusion might be logical. The author of the story goes on to tell of a dramatic change in their awareness that came when they know they had made a mistake; they also knew they were naked. I do not believe much has changed since that first mistake.
In the course of trying to manage people, I often find myself having conversations with individuals I work with about lost opportunities, inadvertent errors, and mistakes. Almost always the conversations boils down to a failure. A desired outcome or action did not occur. It can be made worse by what actually happened. On rare occasions, the action taken mitigates but never totally eliminates the absence of the right decision. As I find myself confronting the problem with the individual, it is as if they feel I am seeing everything that is private. It is a creation fall moment replay.
While I understand the fear, I do not see why we need to feel this way. God says, to everyone that is willing to listen, that you and I are priceless. Our behavior, no matter how good or bad, does not change Divinity’s statement. If we listen to God in our distress, Divinity’s words will come through clearly; “Don't be afraid—you're not going to be embarrassed. Don't hold back—you're not going to come up short. You'll forget all about the humiliations of your youth, and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.” (Isaiah 54.4) Everything is possible; life is within your reach.
We may not be willing to admit it, but underneath our flimsy exteriors we are all naked. God knows everything and adamantly loves us. Can we do anything less, for our self or others?
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