17 comments on “Nakedness, Tough Guys and False Expectations

  1. 9th Graders picked on 7th Graders? What a bunch of pussies (cats) . Never happened in Australian schools cause then those particular 9th graders would have been beaten to a pulp by the 12th graders. You punch horizontally or up but never down.

  2. Reblogged this on Church Set Free and commented:
    “The showering part however, I was completely wrong about. On the very first day, I noticed something very interesting: There were no tough guys in the showers. They might have been what toady is called “bullies” before the shower, and after the shower, but never in the shower, for in the shower they didn’t have their tough guy pants, and their tough guy boots and shirts; no, there they were just like everyone else. Oh yes, it turned out that I wasn’t that much of a freak after all, I was just the tallest. What had seemed so uncomfortable, so awkward, was not nearly as scary as I had thought it would be.”

    Don will never reblog this. But Don is getting naked. He has been for some time now. And that word (and all my squirming) is becoming something completely different. Innocent. Enlightening. Inspiring. Beautiful.

    There is no discomfort here. Not if I am being honest. Just another pathway to God, just another pathway to Love without Condition – but boy, what a wonderfully sneaky and disarming pathway this is!

    Why not head across to Don’s place and join the conversation?

  3. It seems to end mid-sentence with “church communities”. Am I missing the rest of it for some reason? Anyway, good insight! And you get right at some of what I was talking about Wednesday. Shame, especially before God, is rarely based on reality, but rather on imagination. And I’m no psychologist, but I suspect imagination is driven by a need for drama and excitement to feed our egos. Which, if true, would really make it a lousy basis for making life decisions and emotion-control.

    • I think you’re on the right track there Matt!

      And thank you for mentioning that sentence break! Yikes, I’ll say there is something missing, sadly due to blogger’s incompetence… I just added the rest to the post. Here it is for you:

      “in which many are waiting for the chance to point fingers of accusation at others, as they hide behind their attractive masks of phony righteousness; I’ve had plenty of people tell me that they find themselves in such a location. Each time I hear such things I can’t help but wonder why they would remain there, if it is all that bad.
      Of course, if we are in the habit of being naked before God, being naked before God in community really isn’t as much of a challenge as it might sound when you really think about it. Next time, I’ll continue along this line of thinking; see you then!”

  4. Don, I like this post so very much, though I had to take myself out of my own junior high experience which was the opposite of yours. Now, decades later, and with the knowledge that God loves me unconditionally, I can metaphorically stand naked before anyone.

    • As you might imagine, i don’t often quote FDR 🙂 but when he said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” He was right about quite a few things.

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