Do We Have the Courage to Live in Weakness?
by Mark Votava
I am discovering in my life that when I am vulnerable my relationships seem to be healthier. Things like forgiveness, solidarity, humility, compassion, gentleness, love and laughter all seem to be expressed in me when I am embodying a sense of vulnerability. This feels good to me. It is meaningful and brings value to others in whatever stage of development our relationship is in.
God is showing me the power of vulnerability. This has been hard for me as I have been taught by my culture that men should not show vulnerability in life. But I don’t care about this cultural narrative anymore. I want to be weak, vulnerable and compassionate within myself.
I want to trust God that when I am weak and vulnerable I am strong. I want to lose all the answers that I thought I once had. Living in the freedom of vulnerability is where the Spirit is leading me in everyday life. This is the best place for me to be and I find it authentic.
- Where there is vulnerability, there is humility
Where there is vulnerability, there is humility. Where there is humility, the life of Christ is living within us. It can be hard to let ourselves be exposed for who we really are in all of our pain, but it is a practice that the body of Christ must take seriously if we want to be relational in the local context we inhabit.
- Delighting in weaknesses
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
- Experiencing God’s power within us
When we demonstrate some humility and practice vulnerability with one another, that is when we are most fully walking in the Spirit of Christ. When we are weak and vulnerable, that is when we experience God’s power within us. A theology of place can only be lived into through vulnerability. There is no colonialism with vulnerability because it will help us not to impose our way of life on anyone and lead us instead through living into our questions about the mystery of life.
- Seeking to live in humility with one another
There is no colonialism with humility because it will lead us into deeper honesty around connecting with others through our struggles. There is no colonialism when we learn to listen and expose our own brokenness to others through our vulnerability. The place we inhabit will require that we be vulnerable if we want to stay there for any length of time. Our relationships will demand it if we seek to live in humility with one another.
Do you think humility and vulnerability are interrelated? What is your experience around this?