Over the next few days, we are going to talk about three things you can do to become the type of loving, amazing, and joy-filled person that others will want to know and be in relationship with. The first one is be vulnerable. Webster’s defines vulnerable as capable of being physically or emotionally wounded. In other words, when you are vulnerable, you open yourself up to others in such a way that they could take what you share and hurt you with it. However, because you are secure in the love of Jesus, it’s a risk you willingly take. You don’t have to expose yourself to everyone, but choose one or two people who you know are safe and start there. You’re not asking them for advice or to fix you; you’re only inviting them to see the real you, to know your struggles, and to love you anyway. Remember, when you let the skeletons out of your closet, you begin to internalize God’s love in a new way; it’s a spiritual truth!
Vulnerability is a gift. When you are real and transparent with others, it frees them up to not have to be so perfect. It’s not about fixing the person, it’s simply about loving them where they are at. This is what Jesus did in ministry; He always ascribed dignity to people before trying to repair their lives. He would sit down with sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes to let them know they were seen and accepted, and a changed life would be the natural result. The same is true of you today. You’re an imperfect person, but you love others where they are because you are comfortable being honest about your shortcomings — this is why people need you!