We like to think about vulnerability in Christian community like a door. And it can be one of the most difficult doors to open. It’s nerve-wracking to even reach for the door knob. And when we do, our common sense tells us not to turn it. Our pride screams at us not to pull the door open, and that finally taking that step through the door is going to be simply terrifying.
But when we do, something amazing happens. We are able to finally access some of the best things about being a follower of Jesus Christ. We access freedom. We access joy. We access peace.
Whether we admit it or not, we need to be known. Some of us have a really hard time admitting it—we know we do, for sure. But that’s not all. We need to be known, and accepted still. We need to be known, and loved still.
Listen here to Episode 7 of Holy Entanglement on the value of being vulnerable with your friends and how it will benefit your marriage.
We are especially eager to hear about what you think of this week’s challenge.
This week’s challenge:
Start practically. Start with your story. Pick someone, not your spouse—your spouse should know your story and we are talking about friendships and support networks. But pick someone,and tell them your story. Tell a group of men or a group of women. Tell them that you want them to truly know you and ask if you can spend an hour . . . telling them the story of your life.
If you need help pulling your story together, we suggest going through Donald Miller’s workbook called Storyline. It makes all of this really easy.
Then comes the harder part of the challenge, begin building confession into your life. Begin training your confession muscles. Begin practicing on-going confession, on-going vulnerability. (We talk about this in more depth in the podcast.)
What’s your first step this week in practicing vulnerability with friends?
Resources to help with vulnerability in community:
Storyline by Donald Miller
Loop devotional for women from Gather Ministries
WiRE devotional for men from Gather Ministries