Discovering the power of transparency
Whenever I read James 5:16, I wonder what it would look like in real life. We are told to confess our weaknesses to one another and pray for one another that we may be healed. Its true that we all have weaknesses and sin that we like to hide. What would happen if I was more prepared to admit my weaknesses rather than hide them? Could it bring healing because I no longer have to pretend to be someone that I am not and that others can pray and help me work through my imperfections? Could it lead to a new freedom to be who I am?
If Jesus came to give us a satisfying and meaningful life (John 10: 10), then I need to stop being ashamed of who I am and learn to be who I am. If there are imperfections in my life, then I need to own up to them, and with the help of loving people around us, to point them out to me and help me deal with them, rather than judge me for them.
However being honest about who I am and who I want to be isn’t always easy. It means I need to be part of a safe and loving community where we can be honest and transparent with each other. Its a place where people do not gossip or speak behind the backs of each other. They understand the true meaning of the word ‘confidential’.
Maybe one day I can find a community where I can share the challenges and frustrations of life without having to keep the image of being a pastor intact. And my goal is to keep working at bringing about such a community, not just to help me find true meaning and satisfaction of being who I am, but to help others discover who God has made them to be.