Rising Above Shame: A Journey of Transformation

Rising Above Shame

Have you ever felt trapped in a web of shame, unable to escape its suffocating grip? It’s a universal struggle, one that often leaves us questioning our worth and purpose. But what if, instead of succumbing to shame’s disabling force, we viewed it as a signal for course correction? In a world where shame has the power to immobilize and nullify our lives, it’s crucial to understand that we can leverage it for positive change. Rather than descending into self-contempt and self-hatred, what if instead, we saw shame as a tap on our shoulder, prompting us to ask, “What’s going on here? What is this shame telling me?” This perspective shift can turn shame into a powerful motivation, a force for good that propels us toward self-discovery and healing.

Frozen in Shame

Frozen in Shame
In my own experience, when shame takes hold, I enter a frozen state. It’s like being encased in ice, unable to think clearly or act decisively. Yet, refocusing on my essentials, understanding who I am in Christ and living by design rather than default, has been transformative. Imagine breaking free from the icy grip of shame, where you no longer feel trapped and frozen. Shifting your focus from shame to essentials, such as your relationship with Christ or rediscovering your true design, can alter your living paradigm and provide you with a fresh perspective on life’s challenges.

Living by default is what happens when shame takes the wheel, steering us toward nonessential distractions. Whether it’s workaholism, addictive behaviors, or mindless activities, these distractions only serve to delay addressing the root of shame, not resolving it. Returning to essentials allows us to gain the light needed to see beyond shame’s shadows. It’s about understanding the purpose of shame, whether it’s self-inflicted or imposed by others, and gaining a proper perspective on what truly matters.

Overcoming Shame

Overcoming Shame
As I explore the depths of shame for my upcoming book, I am discovering keys to overcoming shame and witnessing the profound impact it has on others. As I navigate a lifetime of dealing with shame – both correctly and incorrectly, the process is enlightening as well as challenging. My book aims to show the way to annihilate the weight and power of shame. I long for it to provide direction and hope for those consumed by its destructive force. Toxic shame annihilates creativity, joy, and life itself, but there is a solution—a way out.

I hope you will join me on this journey of overcoming shame, facing it head-on, and discovering the keys to transforming our lives. I am immensely grateful for your following this blog and excited to share the profound insights and testimonies that continue to shape this book. My hope is that through it we all can rise above shame and embrace the transformative power that awaits in Christ.

Stay tuned for more updates on the “Overcoming Shame” book, where we delve deeper into the message of shame, survival, and recovery.


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    • Choyea Reddish

      John, I’m reaching out to understand this attack of youthful lust that brought me much shame. Today is the first day, I’ve had to come face to face with this stronghold, causing me anxiety and feeling like giving up. It’s hard to share this and to know really what to do to be strong enough to resist the temptation of these lusts. The only thing I know is what I read, after Jesus was tempted by Satan, Jesus gives a weapon, about having to get into agreement. So this is why I want to expose this shame from my past. I never expected to face this again. I’m anxious but I remember the song by Carmen (Praise the Lord) and I did what Jesus did, It is Written… And my shameful lust has seemed to flee. The only thing I know to do again if these youthful lustful come back again is to Praise the Lord and declare the Word of the Lord . Resisting the enemy of lust, shame, aniety and fear.
      So I want to always be held accountable and not give up, Thank you for sharing the Truth. Choyea

      • John Enslow

        Hey there, Choyea; I am going to connect to you personally. Thank you for reaching out and for your vulnerability! Bless you, my brother!

    • Choyea Reddish

      John, here I am again, looking to the Jesus in you, John, I know the truth & now it is time for me to act on it with my whole heart, Trust & Obey… His Words say to me, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free , His Word is truth to me and I must continue to renew my mind daily, day and night, like never before, I must stay hungry and desperate, while He may be found, ( but to be honest I am ashamed to say I have not been obedient and acting on the truth, so there seems to
      be chains that still binds me, I am tired of hiding behind spiritual pride and being angry at myself for falling into this shame of failure, that seems to want me to give up fighting to hold on to the faith that I find from the promises of God’s Word.
      So pray for me to have the strength to Stand and be patient as I am Still and
      Wait upon the PROMISE of the Lord 🙏
      I am praying for the fruit of the spirit to be restored in my life especially self-control,
      Will you agree with me for these requests,
      WORTHY is the Name of the Lord ,,,
      ( I just plain give up to Jesus, I surrender,
      I wrote other on paper but I don’t want to seem like a leech etc I want His Purpose to consume my life as He refines my life …
      In 2024 ) Thank You, Choyea Reddish
      411 East Seventh Street PMB 8
      Alma Georgia 31510

      • John Enslow

        Thank you so much for writing and commenting. I love your heart to see your Redeemer rise on your behalf. I believe He will! I would love to walk with you on your journey, if you interested we can look into it. Regardless of this, I am praying for you as I pray for myself. You are NOT alone in this Choyea!

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