Wholehearted and Vulnerable

9:34 AM

(October 24,2013) The other day a friend asked me to explain why my theme is brokenness this year. Despite the fact that I already wrote a blog post on it, I had a hard time articulating it to the friend. As I began talking, I became vulnerable with her. I explained to her the ways in my life that I am struggling, and then it became clear; that is my brokenness. Admitting to myself, my friends, and to God that I am not perfect. 

It's the journey to wholeheartedness.

Another friend sent me a very encouraging email the other day with that very phrase. She told me that she thinks I exemplify that journey. She described my commitment to be a camp counselor, a young life (Wyldlife) leader, my study of scripture, prayer, keeping the Sabbath, and my continual desire to improve myself. 

That all sounds great, but when I think of those things I would normally consider it a negative aspect of my life. I previously looked at it with defeat, as I continued to strive for perfection. But, as my friend told me,  "learning to appreciate and embrace who you are, extending grace to yourself and others--and encompassing all of this is your journey in relationship with God." That is the ultimate journey of living with worth. 

She also included a quote from a book she's reading: 

"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, no matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging." (The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown)

So, let's be vulnerable, authentic, and real. Remember that we are worthy despite our faults and failures. It doesn't matter how much we achieve or don't, we are beloved children of the creator of the world. And that, is more than enough. 

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Regina is a junior at a small college in the middle of nowhere. She dreams of moving to California, painting, writing letters, thrifting, and cuddling with a dog.

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