Who likes to be exposed for who they really are? The vulnerability of their hearts out in the open for someone to see.
Their insecurities and transparency uncovered.
We as women do this a lot in our lives. Step out in trust and share with someone about our lives, partly in fear but also in a way to establish a connection with someone else. A way to maybe help them to understand you a little better. There are times when we hide ourselves inside, becoming less and less of who we are. When someone comes around, we quickly withdraw into our shell of life. A wall built up around us to deny entry of our hearts. I was this girl. For many years after being hurt and denied the friendship and love I desired, I began to withdraw. The hurt eating away the person I was inside. Becoming more and more fearful of stepping out and sharing who I was and what I had gone through in this life. God had other plans for me. He knew inside my heart the bitter past and fear. He knew the wall that was built around me. The first step He made was my testimony. As I stood before the church, after rededicating my life to Him, I felt a tremendous peace wash over me. As the words came out about my past, all the years of running away from it, hiding it,fear,slowly started to disappear. No longer was I afraid to share my weaknesses. Afraid to show my vulnerability. My church opened their arms lovingly to me, not judging me at all, but accepting me as my Father also did. Unfortunately, not all will be like this. Some will not see the glory that God has given you from redeeming you from your past. You will still be looked upon as stained where God has washed you white as snow. Some will criticize you. I imagine the disciples felt this way at times too. They all had pasts and burdens. Some with anger,murder,prostitution, and more. Did Jesus judge them or look upon them with disdain? Worry that their past defines who they are today? No..simple words
given in John from Jesus to the woman that was threatened death from others. After Jesus wrote their sins on the dirt, they disappeared one by one. In the end, when asked if someone stood to condemn her of her sin.. This was her response then His..
"No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you,"Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
We are all incomplete. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. Not one sin is greater then another.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Do not forget this when you are looked down upon. Keep your head high and remember that you are forgiven. Do not judge the person next to you that is stumbling with their own struggles, but remember we all fall short and have problems. When one shares their weaknesses with you, embrace them lovingly and listen. Share with them your struggles too. Do not be afraid of the worlds judgement but of Gods glory. I still run into this and it's hard at times to keep talking about my past, but God has touched my heart to keep going. To keep talking. Every time I want to hide, He says no. My story is a story of glory. I am sorry if some may miss this. Why? Because they are the ones missing out on an amazing thing that God is doing. The true love and grace of God. Stand tall and not be afraid to share your vulnerability with others as Paul did many times. His past became a story of what God did in His life. He shared with anyone the struggles he faced. Some judged, some pushed him away, some rejected him..but some saw the love of Christ..and wanted it too. This is why he did it and I do it. This is why we should all be like this.
You have a story too. Share it with someone today. Help them. Give them strength. You don't know the battle they may be facing and your story could help them.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.”