Being vulnerable is hard, especially for someone who is a people pleaser. After I share something deep and hard, I always wonder what people are going to think. I make assumptions of what certain individuals are thinking or will say, and it can cause anxiety. But, I have realized that vulnerability makes me stronger. Over time, I care less and less about what people think or are going to say because I know God has called me to be vulnerable. It’s in the moments of vulnerability that He is glorified through me and lives are affected.
I share for many reasons. The two main reasons are because it helps me, and it helps others.
When I share, it helps me to be me. I am an open person and always have been. As time as gone on, I have realized that it’s okay to be me. I will never change. It helps me because often I have a lot on my mind and I’m able to get it all out. It is therapeutic for me.
It also helps me because others know how to pray for me and encourage me. I will be real here and say I need that.
It helps others because they feel less alone in their struggle. I am often told that I am brave, courageous, and strong; but I just feel like I’m doing what God has called me to do. I am often private messaged and told that what I shared spoke directly to someone and they are struggling. They need to know that other people struggle too. So often people put on a front that everything is perfect in their lives. The “Facebook” or “Instagram” mentality. It makes people feel isolated and alone. When someone shares the “real” in their life, people feel less alone. I only hope that people see Jesus in me as I’m being real. I don’t ever want the focus to be on me but on what He is doing in my life and through me. He allows all of this for His glory.
I would encourage you to be vulnerable today. Whether it’s in a blog or on Facebook, or even with a trusted friend. Be courageous.