We welcome Sarah, 2017 Mercy graduate, as she shares a personal post about learning how to beat shame. Thank you Sarah for your vulnerability and willingness to share about what God taught you in a season of overcoming guilt and shame. We are grateful for your heart and wisdom.
I graduated from Mercy Multiplied in August of 2017. During my time at Mercy, Freedom & Fashion, an organization that uses the arts of fashion and beauty to empower youth overcoming injustices, came to teach us for a few weeks. I grew so much during this time, and my faith in God only deepened. I was nervous about what I might learn, but I knew that growth only comes through stepping out of your comfort zone. I knew this would be good for me. Freedom & Fashion taught me how to be more vulnerable with others, more open to ideas and concepts about fashion, and ultimately how to be more comfortable accentuating my own beauty. Freedom & Fashion helped me overcome many insecurities I had about myself.
During my time at Mercy Multiplied I battled shame, guilt, and their follower – condemnation. Guilt says you’ve done something wrong, and shame says you are something wrong. Guilt says the behavior is bad, and shame says you are bad because of your behavior. Guilt can cause physical sickness because of its associated pressure, and it can also keep us from hearing from God. In a teaching on shame and guilt, a speaker shared this quote: “Freedom = knowing yourself and loving yourself.” The speaker also said: “Let God deal with your behavior.” The point is, despite our behavior, we can still love ourselves although the enemy would rather tell us otherwise.