“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage” (Brené Brown)
Contrary to popular belief, vulnerability is NOT weakness! Too often in our culture this is the way that it is perceived: “If I show my vulnerability then people will think that I am weak”. But in fact the opposite is true. It takes courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable, and it’s only out of that vulnerability that we can truly be who we are meant to be. Jesus was pretty vulnerable to allow himself to be at the mercy of the murderous crowd, but without that where would we be?
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change” (Brené Brown)
For years I have been reading and studying about “leadership” and “change”. One of the things that I have noticed is that the best leaders and the most innovative people are not afraid of failure (or at least they don’t allow their fear to stop them trying). They try, and if it doesn’t work, they try again! Just like the old saying: “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again”.
But in order for us to do this we need to open ourselves up to the possibility that it may never work. We need to allow ourselves to be feel vulnerable—to let others really see us, and what we are doing, along with all the risk of disappointment, re-jection and judgement.
It’s true that if we don’t allow ourselves to be vulnerable then we can numb pain and heartache. However it’s also true that when we do this, we also numb joy and the thrill of human connection.
Christ came so that we might have life in all its fullness. Let’s not short change ourselves by living a life that is controlled by the fear of failure, or the lie that we are not good enough (“who do you think you are?”). Rather, let’s show our true vulnerability in surrender to Jesus—let’s allow his light, his life, his success—to be ours. Now that’s what I call really living!