It makes me laugh when I hear that people have picked words or themes or verses for their year. Not because I don’t like the idea, but because my word always seems to pick me. A few years back there was a (seemingly very long) season of Patient Endurance. Then there was the year of Romans 8:28. And now, this year, it seems that vulnerability has creeped in and made itself ever present in my life.
While the world may view vulnerability as a negative trait, it seems to me that it is the only way for a Christian to live. We must open ourselves to others- sharing our hearts, confessing our struggles, and receiving correction as it helps us on our journey to become more like Christ. And we must be willing to return the favor- letting others into our lives, listening, and offering counsel that points towards Christ.
I have seen the most beautiful relationships formed out of vulnerability done well. I have also seen relationships ruined as a result of a resistance to openness and shared struggle. I am excited to see people picking the first option, and I am looking forward to living this out with friends in this next season. I have already shared some thoughts here and here and as vulnerability begins to permeate my life, I’m sure there will be more lessons to share.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
I’ve picked Colossians 3 as a section of scripture to guide me in this season. Because as much as it’s about forgiving others, to me it’s about recognizing your brokenness and being willing to accept the brokenness of others. THAT is the key to a healthy, vulnerable relationship. And it must be done with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, peace and thankfulness.
I am pleased that my 31 days topic fits in nicely with this theme that has established itself in my head, heart, and hands. Click here to find out what I will be writing about for the next 31 days! (And don’t forget to check back each day in October!)