I am part of a small group of international coach trainers who affectionately, tongue-in-cheek, call ourselves the Super Heroes of the World. Our purpose is pursuing areas where God is pressing in and to respond by leaning into those places with a deep trust in our Father. We desire to live and lead from the heart, attune to God’s transformational presence in our walk, relationships, and work.
That sounds noble, right? Honestly, it’s mostly scary.
Intentional vulnerability involves continual choosing to open up places in my heart and life that I’d rather just keep circling back to again and again in my own journal. But there’s the rub. Keeping those places hidden in the recesses of private pondering rarely brings the power of breakthrough, healing, or transformation. It is in the authentic sharing with others that I gain perspective and insight.
I found this to be true in my Journey Group in a treasured season of being with soul friends committed to loving one another well. I have experienced this with my teams and with longtime friends, and oddly enough, sometimes with people I barely knew.
So, what’s all this have to do with POWER, our theme this week at Velvet Ashes?
I’m convinced the only power worth pursuing comes from God and He often chooses to express His power in and through community.
In moments of authenticity about our struggles, we experience the power of community infused with love and compassion.
In our need for redemption and rescue we receive the power of grace and mercy we long for among others.
In our weakness Christ’s power rests on us.
Here’s where I am not yet settled on how this works. What is the key to being authentic about challenges we experience and at the same time, be full of faith and hope in the hard places?
‘Cause, honestly, my “authentic sharing” can sound a lot like whining. And sometimes motivated with a tinge of self-serving manipulation, carefully selecting which aspects of my heart to expose, jockeying to look appropriately humble but not too untidy. That, my friends, is messed up!
How are vulnerability, authenticity, and power connected?
I would love to hear your insights on these thoughts I’ve been pondering.
True authenticity begins with first being honest with myself about the state of my heart and soul. Sometimes I am the last to see – and admit – a pattern of attitudes or behaviors reflecting a particular character weakness. Being in the midst of courageous souls who love me enough to help me see those places is a blessing infused with the power of love.
Being in a community of faith unafraid to embrace limitations and wrestle together with struggles is a powerful gift. I’m guessing it’s a reason you engage with Velvet Ashes.
When have you experienced this dynamic of the power of community?
I’m on a quest to learn how to delight in my weaknesses and limitations so Christ’s power can rest on me and work through me. I want to understand this – beyond theory and beyond platitudes – and live in true delight and gratitude for every single thing pushing me toward Him. Being irreversibly grateful for every weakness teaching me dependency on His grace and power.
I don’t mean the desperate back-against-the-wall dependency on God when you have no other choice. I mean purposed, relentless, persistent dependency on God moment by moment, compelled by a deep understanding of how good and powerful He is.
Dependency embedded in the truth it is not my effort, not my goodness, not my strength, wisdom, or power that will save the day. Dismissing the lingering lies that I am my own best hope for anything.
What does it mean for you, in this moment, to delight in weakness, in limitations and boundaries you didn’t choose? What does dependency look like for you these days?
Receiving power from God means a humble delight in the opportunity to lean into Him and depend on His powerful impartation of Himself in whatever I need in this moment. Not only in recognition of my need for Him, but knowing His motivation for meeting me in this need is His profound love and care for me. My struggles, weakness, limitations all invite me to be with Him and let Him be who He is in me. That is power!
What invitation is God extending to you? How are you responding?
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