Let me start by reassuring you that I am not going to perform some sort of hypnosis, compelling you to spill your life story. I mean, that would make for an interesting evening over a nice hot cup o’ tea but that’s really not my style. So instead, I am going to share about the beauty of transparency.
We all know people who fall on two ends of the spectrum: the first group contains the people we know who are like precious diaries that have those little locks on them, but as soon as you find a key to open it they somehow magically find a way to shrink the size of the key hole so that it’s impossible to ever unlock and read them. Then there’s the other group, the ones that are like random, story-filled balled up sheets of paper that keep pelting you in the face one after another.
At one point or another, we all have faced that pivotal moment where we decided whether or not we would be generous storytellers of who we are, who we want to be, our hopes, our dreams, our fears, our failures…
Our failures. Fear of what others will think. Fear of how they will react. Fear of what our transparency will do to our reputation. Fear, perhaps, is the number one barrier to mustering up the courage to be vulnerable enough to share who we really are. Would you agree?
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to be over-zealous word vomiters to be an open book. Our actions alone will do it for us. Some of us wish we could go about our daily lives all nicely bubble wrapped in our own personal enclosed bubble. I’m an introvert, I understand. But that’s not the kind of isolated life God wants for us. There is a beauty in being open and honest through the way that we live and the words that we speak. Take our ol’ brother Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:12. He reminds us to behave in the world with “frankness and godly sincerity.”
We grow individually and communally when we share our setbacks as well as our victories. There’s no need for a mask. There’s no need to live a life being afraid of showing who you really are and what you stand for when you were so beautifully created with your beautiful flaws to live authentically.
We should ask ourselves – Are we living transparently enough so that people have a reason to trust us? So, remember this: however you choose to share stories of how truth has impacted your life, that truth will permeate hearts.