getting naked…

went to one day of a conference two weeks ago, and honestly, was flooded with such great things to think about… such great things to be challenged by… such great things to be inspired by… it felt like an answer to some of the things i’ve been praying about for a while. so, what does this have to do with “getting naked” ? here are some words from the intro to the book with such a title by one of the speakers, patrick lencioni: [who by the way, was awesome]

“Vulnerability. It is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood of all human qualities. Without the willingness to be vulnerable, we will not build deep and lasting relationships in life. That’s because there is no better way to earn a person’s trust than by putting ourselves in a position of unprotected weakness and demonstrating that we believe they will support us. Yet society encourages us to avoid vulnerability [emphasis mine], to always project strength, confidence, and poise…”

avoid vulnerability…

will not go on an on today about this, even though i could. the busier i am, and the more demand that seems to come my way on a given day or week, the less it seems i am capable or willing to be open and vulnerable in my relationships. even my closest relationships. today, as the weekend comes upon me/us, i want to pay attention to Lencioni’s words in such a way that allow for more honest, open, vulnerable relationship… there are all kinds of fashion statements we can make to cover up our nakedness. to protect. to “project strength, confidence, and poise…” yet those things create distance between, rather than authentic relating. it happens not only with the people we live next to and come in contact with. it also translates into our relationship with God. i am reminded again of Philippians chapter 2, which speaks of Jesus’ ultimate act of becoming vulnerable in order to live out his love for us.

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~ by fourfeetsixinches on August 26, 2011.

One Response to “getting naked…”

  1. Good post Scott! We, as friends and fellow comrades need to be that “helpful” listening ear that encouragaes others to be vulnerable.

    Are we a safe haven for others? Do we provide that safety net for others?

    Steve Hall

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