“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16
The problem is that when we live by shame that we don’t look a certain way, that we haven’t accomplished enough, that we don’t do enough, or we don’t have enough it draws us into depression, addiction, and sin. This then reinforces our shame and makes us more isolated than we ever were. We have to break that with the good old Bible and old fashioned grace. It’s all about the cross. Just trust in that. Even with all of the skeletons in your closet, you can be just exactly who you are. When you are vulnerable, you think you’re going to push people away. When you’re honest about your addictions, feelings, thoughts and opinions, you’re not going to push most people away. What’s mostly going to happen is you’re going to draw people to you. Why? Because everyone feels safer around sinners! Everyone feels safer around people who are human. When you are vulnerable about your flaws and your mistakes, it doesn’t push people away, it shows them that you trust them. Not only will people comfort you, they will begin to open up their own hearts to you. When you open up to someone about something you’ve never told anybody before, some of the most important things will happen in your life.
PRAYER: Thank you God, for using my challenges and mistakes to connect deeply with others. Thank you for community, where we can share our burdens. Help us to be vulnerable.
REFLECTION: Have you ever really opened up to someone? How did that conversation go?