So lately I've had some convo's with friends, who agree that we would live in QUITE a different world if people were just a little more transparent.
For example...What would happen if, when the Sonic carhop said "How are you today ma'am" as she handed over your large Diet Coke with cherry, you answered honestly? What if instead of rattling off the typical "Fine, thanks" you really told her how you were doing?
"Well to be honest, I'm struggling with fear today in this area of my life and could use some prayer." Or "My husband and I just had a huge fight and I'm really sad." Or "My friend's marriage is in trouble and I'm hurting for her." Or "My kid has a really bad cold and I'm so exhausted and ready to cry at the drop of a hat."
Besides the risk of said carhop possibly dropping your drink in surprise, what do you have to lose? What if that honesty helped HER with the struggles SHE had that day? What if she really did pray for you and God used that openness to bless you AND her? What if asking for prayer caught her so off guard, she thought about God for the first time in a long time - maybe ever?
But we don't do that. Because it's scary. Because someone at some point has to go first. Someone has to risk it all and be honest and vulnerable without the guarantee that someone will do so in response and leave you hanging. And that's where it gets tricky.
So guess what? I'm going first!
Today, I'm struggling. Struggling with God's timing, struggling with hearing God's voice/direction in several areas of my life. Struggling with exhaustion over the spiritual issues, struggling with how to proceed from here. Struggling with faith that Romans 8:28 will be used in my current circumstances - both personal and writing ministry wise. Struggling with spiritual warfare and lies repeating in my head. Struggling with the strength to keep fighting. Struggling with selfishness.
I would love for you to share your doubts/fears/thoughts/concerns/prayer requests in the comments section today. Let's pray and lift each other up. No problem is too big, too small, too messy, or too insignificant for us to pray about. So let's hear it.
Will you be transparent today?