Finding God's Goodness

Week Five: The Path. Vulnerability

Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Has your shine started to dull with the ongoing challenges we face in our world, trying to live in the balance of a new normal? Finding God’s goodness in my day to day life gives me more meaning and purpose, leading me to a deeper spiritual life. This discovery leads me to hope and a joyful heart.  There are many ways we can walk the spiritual path but recently I’ve been contemplating how vulnerability plays a role in our progress.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. 

Brene Brown, Daring Greatly, p34

While spending time reading these words and inviting God into the conversation to share His wisdom, I’m seeing how I’ve been conditioned to think that vulnerability is a bad thing and something to avoid. I’m also discovering how this thinking fed into my “pull up my bootstraps and move on” attitude that hardened parts of my heart, keeping me from the joy of wholly living. As I invite God in to help me see my life through His eyes, I see how I have built up walls around my heart to protect myself from uncertainty, to avoid risks, and to prevent feeling unwanted emotions. But these are the very things that lead me to life and love. 

Lord, thank you for letting me see that the path to you is in vulnerability.

3 thoughts on “Week Five: The Path. Vulnerability”

  1. I love your vulnerability here! Yes, real love means we also suffer. And when we put up walls or kill parts of our hearts, then we cannot live a full and authentic life. It’s hard and painful at times, but Jesus and Mary are always our example. They both said yes to love and vulnerability and suffering was costly indeed!

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