Being vulnerable is a scary thing. One of the most challenging aspects to my blogging, for me, is the fine line I walk between being transparent for the sake of authentic dialogue and to perhaps setting someone (including myself!) free, and baring my soul with so much abandon that an emotional vulture could swoop in and choose to use my words against me.
In an argument.
To make a point.
While trying to win…
The thing about transparency, however, is that as expensive as it can be to open up oneself to possible rejection, the cost of NOT being so bold is infinitely more damaging. Nothing is more powerful, equalizing or freeing as to expose ourselves for who we truly are. To express what we really feel. In quiet of the night, from the recesses of our minds.
It is an odd pain when someone uses your own words against you – it’s extremely powerful. And yet I must remind myself that for a fellow human to feel it’s appropriate to intentionally forge a weapon with another’s vulnerability, is by far more a reflection upon their own heart and capacity for genuine relationship than my own self-perceived flaws. I would far rather be raw and possibly let someone else know they are not alone, risking the occasional hater, than keep to myself and present a facade.
Always remember the value of your testimony, of your contribution. Someone, somewhere, right now, is longing for the encouragement that YOU alone can bring. Don’t allow the FEAR of possible rejection to prevent you from setting others free…
For if you do, it is then you in bondage.