Over two years ago, I started dreaming of a book called Living Unabashedly. I made an outline, and I even gushed to my best friend about it. I was genuinely passionate about the message I wanted to share with you, and I couldn’t wait to get it in your hands.
And then… 2 babies, 2 moves and it got placed on the back burner.
A couple months ago while organizing my Google Drive, I came across my initial outline for Living Unabashedly. And through a series of awesome, God-only-could-create events, I began setting up this blog: The Unabashed Life.
And this right here is why I am so enamored by Life Unabashed.
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3 Important Reasons to Live Unabashedly
1. not ashamed, disconcerted, or apologetic; boldly certain of one’s position.
2. not embarrassed or ashamed about openly expressing strong feelings or opinions
1. God made you, you
When I talk about living unabashedly, I’m not saying live shamelessly in your sin. Life, unabashed IN CHRIST is what we are aiming for here.
It means those passions in your heart that others might not understand – be it homeschooling or choosing to serve others over having kids of your own or fasting or celibacy or however your counter-cultural life looks – are not only acknowledged but embraced and used.
You were formed by His hands. Your skills and passions aren’t a mistake or an accident, so let’s stop apologizing for them.
Despite your college education, you would rather stay home and care for you kids. No need to apologize.
You love your kids immensely, but your corporate job makes you come alive. No ‘sorrys’ needed.
All your friends homeschool, but you want your kids immersed in the ‘real world.’ So be it, love.
Or maybe all your friends send their kids to public school, but you are passionate about teaching them at home. Go for it.
You want to start a non-for-profit on the other side of the world or spend every weekend mentoring incarcerated teens or sell all your property to downsize.
And that leads us to the next point.
2. We were made for God
Somewhere along the way we have confused God’s commission to love others with living lives that are ‘acceptable’ to others.
On our best days, we aren’t living opposite the world because we don’t want to make others uncomfortable, and our worst, because we don’t want to be uncomfortably different.
Sweet friends, I’ve checked, there is no where in the Bible where Jesus says, ‘Come follow me, and I will give you a posh life of comfort and societal acceptance.’
It’s more along the lines of give up all you have, take up your cross and follow me.
Love God above all else.
This will not go over well with the world.
“In the ritual of baptism, our ancestors acted out the bizarre truth of the Christian identity: We are people who stand totally exposed before evil and death and declare them powerless against love.
There’s nothing normal about that.”
We were made by Love, for Love and to Love. There is nothing normal about that, but there’s nothing shameful in that either.
3. You are free to live unabashedly
It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. For FREEDOM!
God did not send His Son to be mocked, tortured and murdered for us to still be in chains.
He freed us from the bondage of sin. So that ugly choice you made years ago? Shake it off!
Denounce the demons in your life.
“Where God calls the baptized beloved, demons call her addict, slut, sinner, failure, fat, worthless, faker, screw-up. Where God calls her child, the demons beckon with rich, powerful, pretty, important, religious, esteemed, accomplished…
…The great struggle of the Christian life is to take God’s name for us, to believe we are beloved and to believe that is enough.” – Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday**
I know that it feels wrong to accept something that you did not earn. And not only did we not earn our title as Beloved, some of those whispered names are true.
But we are free of them. Because He was nailed down. Because He overcame. Because of Him.
Stop living in bondage. As Christine Caine said, ‘Sweetheart, if the horse is dead, dismount.’
Goodness, friends, I just want all of us to live lives with our arms stretched out, face to the sun, free from the death and evil of this world.
I want you and me to live free from societal obligations and assumptions on how we should be. Let’s just be who we were made to be and love however God made us to love.
I’m bouncing up and down in my seat here! Won’t you join me in this adventure?
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