The locker room has been a source of anxiety for many teenage boys. The fear of being exposed, of not measuring up, and being made fun of has caused many to go to great lengths to hide their developing bodies.

Unfortunately, this fear is not limited to adolescence or to the locker room.

Many men live in fear of exposing their strength. And like in the locker room, we go to great lengths to hide.

God has given us each our own strength – our unique talents, gifts, abilities, and desires to bring more life and goodness into the world.

But somewhere along the way, we began to question and doubt.

Do I really have something to offer? What if others see my efforts and don’t like it, or make fun of me? Will my efforts measure up to what others have done?

Insecurities get the best of us and we do our own version of the towel dance to keep from being exposed.

– In college, we hide behind the popular major instead of revealing our true interest.

– Instead of pursuing a career that utilizes our talents, we hide behind the safe job.

– The fear of being judged causes us to hide our true sexual desire and interest behind the mask of indifference and denial.

While modesty has its place, hiding our strength is not a mark of mature men as the true sons of God.

It is time to drop the towel and come out of hiding.

What is that big, hairy, audacious purpose God has created you for?

Once you discover it, do not hide it. Let the world fully see the man God has created you to be.

Courageously stand “naked” and without shame in God’s purpose for your life.

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