Vulnerability Is True and Courageous
Brené Brown reminds us, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” She defines vulnerability as, “emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty,” and states it is “our most accurate measurement of courage. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
Vulnerability, among all the emotions, is the one that is most often mistaken for weakness. In reality, however, the opposite is true; vulnerability is courage in its greatest form. Without a shadow of a doubt, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and admitting that you are vulnerable is downright scary.
Vulnerability isn’t your enemy, nor is pain or the truth. It reminds you that you’re human, that you’re alive. Those scars give rich meaning to life experiences. Pain also happens to be a sounding bell signaling something is not right. In my experience, pain forces us to places such as churches, hospitals, or in the arms of friends or a counselor’s office so healing can begin.
Without pain, there wouldn’t be an indication of healing to be made whole. And if you’re that person who went to places like church, hospitals, and counselors for help but found a solid door, try the next one and the next one.
It’s brave to share your scars. It’s life-giving to share because every one of us is engaged in the battle of living. Our lives were created to share in God’s story and to build his kingdom. What your past inflicted cannot be undone. But you will always have a choice. You can choose to hide your scars, or you can choose to be vulnerable and brave, for God’s glory.
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Heather Riggleman calls Nebraska home (Hey, it’s not for everyone) with her three kids and husband of 20 years. She writes with raw faith to bring bold truths to marriage, career, mental health, faith, relationships, celebration and heartache. She is the co-host of the Moms Together Podcast and is a former national award-winning journalist. She is author of Mama Needs a Time Out and Let’s Talk About Prayer. Her work has been featured on Proverbs 31 Ministries, MOPS, Today's Christian Woman and Focus On the Family. You can find her at www.heatherriggleman.com.