I recently spoke on the "Write Your Own Story" podcast. Autumn Beam was kind enough to ask me to join her for an episode, and it really was my pleasure. We talked all things from the infamous Chick-fil-A incident to the temptation we have as women to hide behind a pretense of perfection. I was nervous about listening to a recording of myself talking for an hour, but the episode really turned out great. I even sounded halfway intelligent! #JordanWin
I just wanted to pop in to the blog this morning to share something God put on my heart about living in authentic community with others. We say we want it, but wanting and doing are two very different things.
Being real with one another means we're willing to let our ugly show. I'll show you mine if you show me yours.
Actually, I'll show you mine either way, because we've all got ugly and I know I'm not alone.
I won't show you my ugly so we can wallow in ugly together; nope, I'll show you my ugly in hopes that you can help me work toward beauty, and maybe my willingness to expose will give you the courage to show your ugly, too.
God doesn't call us to sit in our ugly, content with being less than, but he does call us to shine a light on our ugly so that he can begin his healing work in our hearts.
We can't keep secrets from Him; He already knows our innermost parts. We CAN keep secrets from our people, our community, though -- but we shouldn't.
Let's be real and raw and brutally honest about our struggles, because HONESTY is where God is.
I want to be where God is with YOU.
Do you have a struggle to share that I can pray for? If so, post it in the comments section below. No shame, no condemnation. Just encouragement, hope, and prayer.