Vulnerability

Vulnerability

“If I may, I would like to ask: what is your definition of vulnerability? According to the online dictionary, it can be understood as:

  1. Openness or susceptibility to attack or harm.
  2. Willingness to show emotion or to allow one’s weaknesses to be seen or known; willingness to risk being emotionally hurt.

According to Brené Brown, the author of books on vulnerability, she asserts that ‘vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage.’ Brown aims to lead her readers to think and reshape their understanding of vulnerability as a platform to have confidence and be honest about themselves.

Personally, I believe our Heavenly Father wants us to be vulnerable before Him. Vulnerability teaches us to be humble and to accept the fact that everyone is unique. Uniqueness makes us different. Only when we are weak can we allow God to work in us. Phil. 4:13 states “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Paul states so clearly that we can do things through Him. Even someone who was calibre, highly qualified, gifted and knowledgeable like Paul, he says this “but whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” (Phil. 3:7)

I acknowledge that there is a possibility that vulnerability can be self-condemning instead of finding hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. By self-condemnation, I mean:

  • After sharing my weaknesses, friends began to look down on me.
  • I feel more lost than ever.
  • I can’t find any more passion for things that I want to do.

However, is being vulnerable more likely to bring negative impacts to our soul? I do not think so. Being vulnerable directs me to trust God and lean on His wisdom. Paul teaches me that humanity can’t be strong on their own emotionally and spiritually in the long run. Humanity needs a ‘support system.’ For Christians, our support system consists of the Trinity: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. More importantly, we have the Bible that tells us everything about this cosmos, sins, relationships, family, government, etc.

Henceforth, I encourage each one of us to tell our stories. There could be our stories that reflect victory in Christ. There could be our stories where we are weak. Someone asked me: can I tell a story without an ending? I answered: why not? We are on this journey of searching and knowing our loving God. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Brothers and Sisters of ROLC,
Vulnerability teaches me that God is so real in my struggles. Vulnerability humbled my pride. Vulnerability directs me to the loving God who never forsakes me.

Let us journey together! Shall we?”