What comes to mind when you think of vulnerability? Is it opening yourself up, digging into the depths of who you are, or allowing your defenses to fall? Ask yourself why? Why is it important to be vulnerable? As we learn about vulnerability this month mull over these thoughts:
First, there is value in vulnerability
When you tear down the walls you have built, you become more powerful spiritually. You are connecting with another individual in such a way that is raw and real. This is something that is lacking in the world these days.
Second, there are levels to vulnerability
When it comes to relationships with other people you must be able to discern who is the right person to be vulnerable with. You would not share your deepest life happenings with someone you just met yesterday. Think about it. You cannot just share information that is near and dear to your heart with anybody and everybody.
I remember when I was at the Honor Academy our dean would say the same thing to us every single day. “Use good judgment.” What he said took root in my heart. I have used it every day the last twenty years. A simple phrase, but it is so very effective.
Third, you are valuable!
This is why there is value in vulnerability. God placed enough value in you to allow his innocent son to carry the sins of the world. He allowed his son to take your place. He has always been your saving grace. King David knew this. He knew that God and only God could encourage his heart and be there for him no matter what was occurring in his life.
In Psalms, David allows us to get a glimpse into his mental state, but also what was happening in his heart. He would battle negative thoughts and expressions with God’s promises and goodness. Back and forth he would go allowing us to experience his anguish, but also encouraging us with his songs of triumph.
“O, God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness.
I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more, with cravings in my heart that can’t be described.
Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God!
I’m energized every time I enter your heavenly sanctuary
to seek more of your power and drink in more of your glory.
Psalms 63:1-2 TPT
“With passion I pursue and cling to you.
Because I feel your grip on my life,
I keep my soul close to your heart.”
Psalms 63:8 TPT
King David’s soul was close to God’s heart because he was so vulnerable with God! He opened up and let him into the essence of the deepest parts of his character as a human and as a spiritual being.
You can never open up too much to God. Even though he is omniscient, he wants us to share with him. In order to build a stable relationship full of growth you have to be vulnerable. I really cannot think of anyone else I would rather be vulnerable with than the father. Do you want to grow in your walk with the Lord?
I implore you to give him your tears, fears, and uncertainties, as well as your joys, good deeds, and triumphs! He deserves all of you. Your close family and friends deserve all of you. I do not know about you, but I do not just want to know a portion of the characters of my God, family, or friends! I love them. I choose to love all of them! I do not pick which parts of them are the most lovable.
Ladies, let me say it again. There is value in being vulnerable because you are valuable. You are valuable to God and all of those people in your lives that know and love you.
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