Vulnerability

I listened to Brene Brown’s Ted Talk on Vulnerability today. It’s amazing, it’s only 20 minutes long, and if you haven’t yet seen it, CLICK HERE and watch it now. She speaks to the fact that as humans our greatest desire stems from being connected. As a psychologist and researcher, Brown’s studies pointed to that fact that connection is why we humans are neuro-biologically here.

Yet, she goes on to state that we cannot achieve true connection without the vulnerability of allowing ourselves to be fully seen and known. When we are ashamed of ourselves and ashamed of who we are, we intrinsically feel that we are not worthy of connection. Those who have the courage to be imperfect are generally the people that have the greatest sense of self and of belonging. They love themselves, so they’re able to love others.

I thought her talk was especially fascinating when placed in the framework of my own Christian perspective. Here we are, as human beings, desperately created for and seeking connection. Why? Because we were made as relational beings, hard-wired to relate to and enter into community with our God, who also just so happens to be a relational being.

And our greatest desire stems from being known; yet, we so often reject the one who knows us better than anyone.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

Isn’t it interesting that as soon as Adam & Eve tasted the fruit in the garden, breaking community with God, they hid? They no longer wanted Him to know them. And they’re not alone. We all hide. Out of shame, out of brokenness and regret and hurt, we construct our walls high. But God ever pursues us. Knowing full well that Adam & Eve had betrayed Him, the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

And that shame, that brokenness, the ugliness we feel we bear means nothing to the one who knows us, because it was already nailed to a cross. It’s not too late. Don’t let shame keep you from a relationship with Jesus. Be brave, be vulnerable, and accept that you can’t do it on your own.

God will not stop pursuing, but we do have to stop running and hiding.

Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me
where I go, always, everywhere.
Psalm 23:6a {The Voice}

One thought on “Vulnerability

  1. Beautifully said. Made me think how ironic it is that once we allow ourselves to be transparent and experience the freedom of God’s love through salvation, we find it difficult to forgive others for their brokenness. Maybe we never realized how desperate our situation really was/is?

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