Are You Willing To Be Transparent?
A former student reached out to me about a month or so ago and said, "Miss Joy, I hear we share something in common now. Please call me today as I want to talk to you." I called him and come to find out he had spent 12 years in prison and had been out for three years. Because he knew what I had just recently been through he opened up and we had a really good conversation.
In Sunday School this week my pastor's wife asked, "Are you willing to be transparent?" We were studying 2 Corinthians 12 (and referenced chapter 11) where Paul is so open and willing to share his infirmities and sufferings with us for the glory of God. I thought back to the book of Psalms where David is also so real and honest about his feelings and struggles. It hurts to be transparent. It hurts to relieve painful events. But the world is a hurting place that needs to know God cares for them right where they are. Folks need to know that Christians are not perfect and the struggles we are going through we can get through them with a smile on our face by the grace of God.
God knows what you are going through or have gone through in your life, and He wants to use those circumstances for His glory. When you decide to be real and share with others, you have no idea who you'll be helping and how God will use you. So be real. Be transparent and through it all give Him all the credit because without Him we are nothing.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9