“When Jesus says, ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” -Matthew 11:28, MSG
As Christians we are so often told that our humanness is what’s bad about us. It’s the reason we need God: because we are so bad without him. We walk around every day feeling discouraged about the very things that link us more closely to Jesus than anything else. So take a moment with me and consider what grace and patience you might be able to extend to yourself. Could this reality change the way you talk to Jesus? Would this reality change the way you talk to yourself? Maybe your conversations could look less like, “I’m a horrible person” and more like, “Jesus help me understand my humanness in light of yours,” “help me love the beauty of being me,” or “give me wisdom to know how your humanness can give to my human parts.”
About the Author
Candice Czubernat is a married gay Christian woman and mother of twins. She is the founder of The Christian Closet, a web-based counseling practice, she is also a writer, and one of the --10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know-- according to The Advocate Online. She has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and has worked in mental health for a decade. She specializes in seeing those needing a safe place to reconcile their faith with their sexual and gender identities. While she is an out gay Christian, coming to accept her sexuality was a road filled with much pain and confusion. Her family was loving, but their Christian roots did not provide a context for her to accept being both gay and Christian. In her work at The Christian Closet she has come to find that there are hundreds of thousands of others who also connect with this plight and she counts it a privilege to have walked along countless people through the stories of their lives.