Let me take a moment and ask you a very real and important question. Please don’t rush to answer this question. Really take some time and reflect on your answer.
- Have you ever had someone ask you, “How is your soul doing?”
If a true friend, trusted family member or a clear eyed mentor were to ask you the above question, would you have the freedom to share what is really going on in your soul? Or, would you be compelled to share what you think is acceptable for them to hear?
Some of you may think that I am using a cuss word by saying the word VULNERABILITY. But, what if I were to tell you that one key aspect to abundant, whole hearted, joyful living is vulnerability? Would you at least rethink your posture toward vulnerability.
James 5:16 says, “ …confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
I firmly believe that we cannot experience the full reality of the healing power of God unless we muster the courage to find trustworthy, clear eyed, godly community to be fully transparent with.
The word confess means to profess or acknowledge openly, freely. I am glad that the word freely is used. When we come to the realization, and take the needed risk to share freely, we find FREEDOM. When dive into community as we are supposed to, we find people who are struggling just like us. We find a community, where together we can encourage, equip, and cheer on each other to the point of finding freedom to live as God intended. We find freedom to put down the mask and soak up the reality that God loves me for who I am. His love is not contingent on what I do, how I succeed, or how meticulously clean my house is.
Would you consider taking a risk and not just joining a small group, but truly engaging community and allowing people to see you for who you really are. The person that God loves to the cross and back.
How about you, tell us what you think about the idea of vulnerability.
If you are interested in learning more about the idea of vulnerability I would suggest reading, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.