What is that really? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary it means, “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.”
Just reading the definition of vulnerable is scary. Who would want to be open for attack or wounds? Not me!
Yet, here we are… Being vulnerable. Opening up to people who we want to know so they feel comfortable sharing. We may be opening up to someone we trust. We may be opening up to someone we thought we could trust but learn that isn’t the case.
It’s scary. It’s hard. It’s raw. It’s open.
It’s as though you are stripping your soul naked to share with another human being with the possibility of being judged.
Well, we do it anyway. Why? Why put ourselves through all that risk?
Well, we’re human. We need that connection with others for survival. It’s how we were made. Yet, it’s also how we can fall.
Luckily for us, Jesus will be there to catch us when we fall. When we receive that judgment we don’t want. When we feel like a fool for sharing.
He is also celebrating with us when we: gain a new friend, reveal a new layer of ourselves, or when we heal that part of ourselves for being vulnerable.
All this realization brings me to my own thoughts about vulnerability…
Yesterday, I went out on a limb to meet new people. To join a Bible study group. To try and form my community in the Midwest.
It went… Okay.
One thing I’m noticing about being here is how people aren’t willing to be vulnerable. How lonely it is for me, because I’m so desperately searching for those people who want to open up their souls, like I do. Maybe they do want to be vulnerable, just maybe not with me?
It’s been a long road. It’s been a lonely road. One thing I know for sure… This is another moment God has revealed to me. He has shown me why we are here in the Midwest and what my mission is.
So here I am. Pushing. Will you join me?
I hope you find a way to be vulnerable today with someone or in a situation you normally wouldn’t.
Why? Because… Well, because in the end you’ll be happy you did. You’ll be proud that you did. God will be proud of you too. ❤️
With honest intentions,