2 Corinthians 1:3-4
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
BE VULNERABLE ENOUGH!
Being 'Vulnerable' is something we all try to avoid because it means that we may be open to criticism or attack, but there can be a positive side to being vulnerable.
The above verse tells us that the hardships and troubles God has showed up, and helped us, or delivered us from, should be shared with those who find themselves in similar situations.
To share openly and honestly with someone leaves you in a vulnerable position. Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there for another person. I'm not talking about foolishly putting your 'Pearls' out there for just anyone. God gives us wisdom and discernment to know who is worthy to hear our stories of great deliverance and power.
When God shows you the individual that you can and should minister to, do it! Don't allow insecurities to rule what could be a powerful moment of intervention for someone in need.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people think of you, what matters is being used of God to encourage and support others.
At one of my book signings, someone asked if I felt vulnerable now that the story of my past was out to the public, and known around the world. I responded by saying, "I have nothing to loose. I lost all that was precious to me in the past and I'm still alive and have been delivered by God. What's left for me to be concerned about? I have a testimony that I am proud of, and it's been custom made for me by God Himself."
When you reach that place of security and peace in your relationship with God, nothing else matters. You don't care about other people's opinions. You are now free to live and to be all that God intended you to be. You are unafraid and unashamed.
You and I may have had similar or different life experiences, and they were allowed by God for His purposes. He knew when He took you through them that you would be crucial to His ministry work on the earth.
The key is to get in tight with the Lord. Hash out any embarrassment or insecurities you may have about your past experiences, mistakes or short comings. God has people lined up to hear your stories and powerful manifestations of His work in your life. Someone can benefit from your trials and hardships.
May the Lord help you to 'Be Vulnerable Enough'!