The Price Of Invulnerability
The topic of vulnerability is something we have been discussing on Wednesday nights. As usual, this topic is pretty tough and hits nerves, including my own.
One thing we had to get straight was what vulnerability really means. Most equate vulnerability with weakness, but from God's point of view, it's a position of strength. (I got a lot of confused looks when I said that!) Almost every book in the Bible, especially Paul's writings, are about being vulnerable with our Heavenly Father through our Faith in Jesus.
Here's an example, "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Galatians 2:20)
Do you think it takes vulnerability to be crucified? How vulnerable did Jesus have to become to be crucified? How far down did he bring Himself to die for us and to take all the sin's of the world (past, present and future) on His back? It's the HIGHEST form of vulnerability that we will ever see.
If we are going to crucify the old self we have to become vulnerable. In God's realm vulnerability = strength.
That's why I think Brene Brown's research on vulnerability are so valuable. It's a topic that needs to be talked about and understood in the Body of Christ.
Here a few of my favorite quotes from this video (my comments are in italics):
👀"NOT being vulnerable leads to fear, anxiety, and shame."
👉🏻 "Being vulnerable leads to joy, love, faith, and creativity."
Disappointment can become a lifestyle.
💥🔥Faith minus vulnerability equals extremism. Faith is the vulnerability between the shores of certainty.
🙌🏻 Spiritual growth comes from vulnerability. (Yikes! That explains some things!)
😬 We stay busy so we don't have to face our lives.
We numb our lives and by default we numb joy.
If we don't allow ourselves to experience joy and love we will be empty and have nothing in our tanks to help us through tough times.
Want to have a deeper discussion about this topic? Join us on Wednesday night at 6:30 PM.