Transparency

We’ve all been there.

You are struggling.  You are worried about something that seems trivial.  You are having issues, stresses, problems.

You might tell your momma or your best friend, but when you are in Sunday School, Life Group, or Bible Study, you keep your mouth shut.

No one will care.  No one will understand.  People will think I’m ridiculous for being worried/stressed/upset over this.

Well, friends, that is the Devil talking.  God wants us to share our burdens and our hearts.  Galatians 6:2 says “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Sharing and letting others in helps them obey God’s commands.

I often have diarrhea of the mouth.  I say too much.  But sometimes when I am really burdened, I keep my lips sealed.  Well, in Bible Study last week, I opened up about some struggles I was dealing with and was immediately met with “I’ll be praying for you” and “I totally understand” and “I had no idea”  Being transparent is tough.  It makes you vulnerable, but I’m learning that when it matters, being transparent allows others to come to my side of the fence and help hold me up.  They are able to do God’s work because I let them in.

Don’t shut others out from your problems.  Be transparent about your imperfect life.  You’ll probably be so overwhelmed by support it will blow you away.  I was.


Comments

  1. This is so true! The (few) times I truly open my heart it amazes me how many will say “I’ve been there” or “you too”. It blesses me that my feelings are not weird or small, we all have similar ones.
    So glad to have met you through bible study 🙂

  2. Gulp.

    This ministered to me in a big way, friend! Thank you! I let so few people “in”… but the more I open up and share my heart, I hear more often than not ,”Oh, I didn’t know that about you! I struggle with the same thing!” It is such an encouragement to know someone will stand in agreement with you and be a prayer warrior when tough times come.

    I find my circle growing and my heart feels like it could just burst from all the love and support! But it took me making the choice to start slowly removing the wall I had built up around my heart. Brick by brick, it’s getting easier!

    I love how genuine you are! You bless me DAILY and know that I’ll always pray for you and lend a shoulder to cry on when times get tough. Let us be there for you the way I know you have been for so many others. Thank you for being transparent and for setting such an awesome example! Love u and praying for you!

    XOXO

    • Sweet friend, you have no idea what a blessing you are! It is easy to make small talk, but tough to really open up. But we are rarely ever alone in what we feel….and I think that’s why God created us to be community-minded…to do life together.

      It is SO great to expand your “people” so to speak. People who can build you up and be there for you. I find such joy in it!

      Thank you for the prayers! I feel them! 🙂

  3. I’ve recently ran into issues. Preferbably blog issues. With blog hate and rude comments and rude emails and I know it’s the devil beating on my door. But I never answer. The Lord does and he sends the devil on his way. As well as other things. How can I get the feedback and all that I want if I’ve gone invite only and dont know all the true readers emails. So why not just stand up to them.

  4. Thank you for posting this!! Lots of things on my shoulders lately and this is a great reminder of how to handle it better.

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