At a training event persons were asked to introduce themselves, tell about their jobs and share something they were proud of. Out of thirty people, only one person said he was proud to be a Christian. It's always easier to play it safe and not acknowledge that we belong to Jesus and that we live our lives following his teachings.

Father Henri Nouwen, "I love Jesus but want to hold on to my own friends even when they do not lead me closer to Jesus. I love Jesus but want to hold on to my own independence even when that independence brings me no real freedom. I love Jesus but do not want to lose the respect of my professional colleagues, even though I know that their respect does not make me grow spiritually. I love Jesus but do not want to give up my writing plans, travel plans, and speaking plans, even when these plans are often more to my glory than to the glory of God."

May we learn to be proud of being a Christian.