I posted this on Instagram earlier today. Scary stuff. Allowing ourselves to be transparent, that is. Especially when the fires and floods are of our own doing.
In Isaiah 43:1-2, God promises the fire and floods won't consume us when we walk through them. The part many folks miss is that the Israelis walked through those difficult times because God judged them for their disobedience.
To be honest, there are times when God brings judgment to my life. Rightfully so. He loves me enough to call me on my sinful actions and behaviors. The good news is that those fires and floods have led me to repentance. If I allow myself to be vulnerable and honest with those who are struggling in some of these same areas, maybe through my own experiences, they can see there is hope for them too.
I desire that my words encourage and uplift others even at the sake of hurting my own reputation. It's not so I can focus on my "badness"; it's so I can show them His "goodness."
It's risky and scary, and yet, my transparency might make a difference in someone else's life. .