Transparency For The Sake Of Transformation
I like emotional privacy. Who doesn't? So much so that I built a wall around my internal wounds with fragments of broken bricks hurled at my hurting and hardened heart. Each hurt, including those self inflicted, add to its height. The tragedy is that by doing so I inadvertently suffocate a story that may be the second wind that someone else needs to survive. My story is not, my own. The script was not written for my sake alone but for yours as well.
William Shakespeare said "...All the world is a stage." This implies that for each life there is an audience.
Paul the apostle said in 2 Corinthians 3:2 "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone."
"The world is watching and reading the lives of those who are leading" I said that one. Just now.
It's okay to be wise in the way that we wield our words; we ought to be strategic and sensitive in how we share our story. However, we must not be selfishly selective. Transparency can be trans-formative.
Jesus said in John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
There is freedom waiting just beyond that emotional wall. Not only for you, but for others. Often I hear success stories that do not include the invaluable lessons that linger in the less attractive alley ways of life. These stories leave me asking myself "but how?". I also often hear sob stories that disproportionately highlight the struggle, sin, and shame, as if these have not already been dealt with definitively at the cross of Christ. This kind of story also leaves me asking myself "But how?". Ultimately the story of Jesus ought to be the focus of our own. Jesus knew very well the significance of his own scars, in sharing His story with transparency for the sake of transformation. Jesus had a friend name Thomas, who was struggling with doubt and unbelief. Jesus, who had been resurrected from the dead could have chosen to show and tell Thomas a number of awe inspiring things to help him out of his rut, but instead Jesus showed Thomas His scars.
John 20:27 "Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
As a result of touching Jesus' scars, Thomas made what perhaps can be considered one of the the greatest declarations in all of the bible when he called Jesus Lord, and God.
John 20:28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
I've heard it said that hurt people hurt people. What if healed people healed people? What if open people opened people? What if saved people saved people? If the world is a stage, and you are a letter, then go ahead and play your part, telling your story for the glory of God. Someone needs to hear it.