Confident Vulnerability

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I heard a young woman say, “I guess if I’m going to be a writer, I’m going to have to develop a tougher skin.”

I used to think that way, chiding myself for being too sensitive, apologizing for getting my face in the way of someone’s hand. Then I stopped. Well, at least I decided it was time to change my mind on that subject.

“The world doesn’t need more tough-skinned people,” I told her. “Look around. There are plenty of tough-skinned writers here. You can tell by the number of people scurrying for cover when the tough ones start hammering on their keyboards.

The world needs more courageously tender people. The world needs more risk-taking, gentle, loving people whose fearlessness comes from a deep relationship with God. They know his love for them never fails. He is always for them. The result is betach – confident security. People who know they are loved unconditionally can afford to be vulnerable.”

Hmm. I think I need to put that on a sticky note above my desk.

2 thoughts on “Confident Vulnerability

  1. The enemy wants us to keep quiet . So a lying voice in our head may tell us we have no right to have an opinion or if we do to keep it to ourselves n case we’re stepping on toes, appearing arrogant etc. Imagine if all the writers of the scriptures had feared being judged by people. “Courageously tender” is an excellent description. It brings images of peace as in the lion and lamb scenario. Thank you for inspiring me to keep up the good fight of faith with courageous tenderness. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name . . . such joy in the morning to read the words of a Dear Sister in Christ Jesus!


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