Friday, November 18, 2016

It's okay to not be okay.

The Lord has been telling me to write this post for a while now, but as you'll probably find out why I've been putting it off. So here goes nothing...

Vulnerability has never been something I've been good at. I somehow just can't tell others what I feel and I definitely cannot tell others the rough stuff going on. 
I don't know why. I've just never been good at it.
I've always believed that I have to have it all together all the time and Jesus likes to put me back down in my place and tell me I don't have it together. 
It's so great (insert sarcasm here).

Lately, everything comes back to vulnerability and transparency with others. 
It's hard for me to tell others about my life and what I think  about something even if we are super close because I have the idea that they're not going to understand at all and just be like "ok ya eliz". But Jesus doesn't want us to be closed off like this.

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" Proverbs 17:17

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I feel like I tend to share my smaller issues with others and keep the big issues to myself, thinking that no one needs to hear my problems or wants to know. We are made to be in community with others and build each other up in good times and bad.

Sunday at church I was talking to a girl about serving and she asked me what God had been teaching me lately and I told her He was teaching me vulnerability and she said "Wow that's awesome, thanks for being vulnerable to share that." It's crazy how God works. I needed to hear that. Instances like this happened about two other times throughout the week too!

It's okay to not be okay.
& it's okay to share that with others. 
There's no reason to hide that.
That's life.

God has been teaching me how we are made for community and relying on others in times of need. 
You can't do life alone. 


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