Today I was reminded of two little words that instantly create a bond. These two little words can quickly turn strangers in to friends.
I spoke at our local MOPS meeting on repurposing. More accurately, I spoke about the work of repurposing furniture and drew some parallels to the way that Jesus has repurposed my life.
I was a little nervous. Speaking doesn’t really bother me. What made me nervous was that I really felt led to drop any pretenses and just be vulnerable and transparent. Just putting myself out there has always been a little difficult for me. I have a lot of baggage and a lot of junk. It’s not always easy to just leave all of that exposed.
It’s also beautiful in the hands of God. And sometimes necessary.
You see, by sharing our story- even the ugly parts- we can show the work that God has done to repurpose us. We can show the way he has turned messy into a masterpiece. We can show that nothing is ever too broken to be remade into something beautiful in His hands. And maybe, hopefully, we can give a little encouragement to someone who knows all too well what it means to be a little worn and tattered.
As I spoke today, I looked out into the faces of His beautiful daughters and I didn’t see looks of condemnation or judgement. I saw smiles and some tears. I saw nods of agreement and lips mouthing “me too”. I felt such love and encouragement. I felt such connection and community. I felt my walls crumbling.
Those walls that we build around ourselves as protection crumble a little when people are brave enough to be vulnerable . I think sometimes, God calls us to that type of vulnerability and openness as a way to not only point to His love and mercy and grace, but to connect us to others. Aren’t we all part of the same body?
Reach out. Be bold. Share. Encourage. Uplift. Point to Jesus. Connect with people. Let them see that you are an imperfect person, living your life to glorify a perfect Jesus, so that they can look you in the eyes and say “me too”.
Love and blessings,