“Being transparent.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot lately and not many people exhibit that behavior. Not many are open or candid; especially when it comes to being real about real life.
Whether we like it or not, all of us have baggage that we carry. What we do with that baggage is up to us. We can either carry the load forever or give it to God, releasing the shame, bitterness, heartache, or whatever the struggle, and find healing in the shadow of His wings.
Many people feel like the church is a place where perfection is required or that those who attend think they’re perfect. On the contrary, a true Christian knows and will be the first to admit that it’s a place where forgiveness and healing from that lack of perfection, take place.
Perfection on Earth is simply unattainable. It doesn’t exist. We all fail. We all mess things up. We all make mistakes; sometimes huge ones. In The Test That Formed the Testimony, I wrote that the trials we have in life are learning experiences that form our testimony.
If all Christians would figure out how to be real about real life together, without judgment, things would be different. If we all shared where we’ve been and where God has brought us from, imagine what would happen.
You see, when we’re transparent and share the fact that we’re all broken, things change. You draw closer to people because ultimately everyone just wants to know they’re not alone in their Christian walk, they’re not the only ones to have failed at things, and they’re not the only ones struggling.
Being open and real about real life isn’t comfortable. Being a Christian requires stepping out of your comfort zone in many ways. However, sometimes opening your heart to others, letting the tears fall and the realness out, is more healing than you know.
Be transparent. Share your story. Be real. You’ve walked this journey for a reason and you never know how God will use it to help and comfort someone else.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.