Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
~ Psalm 27:14, KJV ~
As we deepen our commitment to a strong and mature Christian spiritual experience and life, we see a conflict between our old self and new way of living. When we drop our defenses and come to an honest place, we are taking a chance of vulnerability. Some learned long ago that when we became vulnerable, others became abusive. It is difficult to abandon everything we learned about being nobody’s fool and staying safe.
Being committed to a strong and maturing Christian faith does not mean we have to leave ourselves open. We still have the right to be discerning and selective about how open we will be and whom we will place our trust in. For our own spiritual growth to continue, we must be an open book to ourselves, to our Heavenly Father, and to a few friends. We must face the fear of being open to others in our spiritual life. Developing true friends is part of the change which we come to embrace as we progress from faith to faith.
Today, let us pray for the courage to be honest with ourselves and to stand up for who we truly are.